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Woman, 3 Kids Dead in Washington State Crash: 'Really Hard Situation'

The 38-year-old mother was driving five children at the time of the accident, which occurred in suburban Seattle on Tuesday afternoon

<p>Abe and Andrea Hudson</p> Andrea Hudson

Abe and Andrea Hudson

Andrea Hudson
  • An accident claimed the lives of four people in suburban Seattle on Tuesday afternoon

  • Andrea Hudson, 38, and three children were killed in the four-vehicle crash, which family members say was caused by an 18-year-old driver driving at a high speed

  • The victims' family members are sharing memories about their loved ones in separate GoFundMe accounts

A Washington state mother and three children died in a high-speed crash in a Seattle suburb on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Andrea Hudson, 38, was driving a van with five children, including two of her own, when the accident which involved four vehicles occurred in unincorporated King County shortly before 1 p.m., the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) said.

Hudson and three of the children were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victims as Hudson, Matilda Wilcoxson, 13; Eloise Wilcoxson, 12; and Boyd Brown, 12, according to the Renton Reporter.

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Hudson’s children, Nolan and Charlotte Hudson, were critically injured in the accident and were taken to a local hospital, as was the 18-year-old driver who caused the crash, the newspaper reported.

One other person was treated for minor injuries, sheriffs said.

<p>Abe and Andrea Hudson</p> Abe and Andrea Hudson

Abe and Andrea Hudson

Abe and Andrea Hudson

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The 18-year-old driver, who has not been publicly identified, is currently under guard and criminal charges are pending, the sheriff’s office said.

According to a GoFundMe established on the Hudson family’s behalf, the vehicle that hit Hudson’s van was traveling at a “high speed” of about 90 mph.

Sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. Eric White told The Seattle Times that speed may have been a factor, and that the crash is under investigation.

In the wake of the accident, multiple families are now mourning the loss of their loved ones.

For the Wilcoxson family, sisters Matilda and Eloise, the eldest of six children, are being remembered as “truly mother’s little helpers.”

“Tillie and Eloise were active members in both their church, school, and neighborhood communities and will be deeply missed by all who knew them,” according to their GoFundMe.

Brown, who went by the name “Buster,” “was an exemplary son, brother and friend,” his family wrote on their GoFundMe.

“He was an avid violinist, athlete and student and was among the most energetic and fun-loving human beings you could ever meet,” according to the GoFundMe. “His passion for life, learning, and taking on new challenges was infectious to all who were fortunate enough to spend time with him.”

<p>Abe and Andrea Hudson</p> Abe and Andrea Hudson with their children

Abe and Andrea Hudson

Abe and Andrea Hudson with their children

Those who knew Andrea Hudson — who homeschooled the three children she shared with husband Abe and was driving the kids to a “homeschool activity” at the time of the accident — are reeling from her death.

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“It’s a really hard situation for a lot of these families," Andrea's sister Melanie Haines told CBS affiliate KIRO-TV. "They lost their children and their best friend."

“Andrea was a ray of light to those around her, and always had a smile on her face,” Hudson's GoFundMe shared. “The most patient and loving mother a child could hope to have. She enjoyed spending time adventuring with them in nature, and was an avid health enthusiast and cook. Her absence has left a hole in our hearts and will be felt by many.”

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