Houston parents killed in Fort Stockton crash, 3 children seriously hurt

A two car crash over the 4th of July weekend has tragically claimed the lives of Houston area parents Josh Berry (41) and Robin Berry (40) and has left their three children Peter, Aaron and Willa in a Lubbock Hospital. Josh and Robin died in the Saturday July 2nd collision as the family drove back home from Colorado. A Toyota sedan carrying two people veered into the opposite lane of Highway 285 in Fort Stockton and collided with the Berry family’s 2003 Chrysler minivan. 28-year old Colleen Doyle of Phoenix Arizona, a passenger in the Toyota car, also died in the accident. Michael Scott Doyle (also from Phoenix) the 31-year old driver of the Toyota, is in hospital in serious condition. 9-year old Peter Berry and 8-year old Aaron Berry were in critical but stable condition at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, while their 6-year old sister Willa Berry was conscious on Monday afternoon but remained in serious condition.  KHOU’s story indicates 8-year old Aaron underwent abdominal surgery on July 2nd to repair lacerations to his internal organs and on Sunday doctor performed a spinal surgery, installing hardware to stabilize his spine. 9-year old Peter also underwent a spinal surgery. A family friend named Jennifer Deutsch was quoted as saying it is unknown is the boys will regain use of their legs, and they will require significant rehabilitative therapy when they return to Houston. A fund has been established to help Peter, Aaron and Willa.  The fund is called the Perlo-Berry Family Fund and donations can be made online through the Congregation Beth Yeshurun web site here.

Our hearts go out to Aaron, Peter and Willa and their extended family. It is a tragedy for a child to lose a parent at any age, but for these children to lose both parents at once while they are so young is devastating. God bless them.

Josh Berry (41) and Robin Berry (40) with Peter (9), Aaron (8) and Willa (6). Mr. and Mrs. Berry were lost in an automobile accident on Saturday July 2nd, 2011.

Update: On Thursday July 7th KHOU and other local media outlets reported that the Berry children have been returned to the Houston area and are in a hospital in the Houston Medical Center. The funeral service for Josh and Robin Berry was held at Beth Yeshurun synagogue in Houston on Wednesday July 6th, was attended by approximately 1,000 mourners and lasted for three hours. The Perlo-Berry Family Fund remains open and is accepting donations: you can donate as little as $10. Everything will help.

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