Tʀᴀɢᴇᴅɪᴇs happen unexpectedly in a person’s life, and the ʟᴏss is often difficult to process for a lifetime.
Brandon Russel and his wife, Samantha, met in high school, fell in love, turned into marriage, and were happily expecting their first child when a ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ ᴛʀᴀɢᴇᴅʏ struck their lives.
Samantha was a cheerful, optimistic person, she loved every minute of life that she put her mind to, she accomplished everything.
“They had a very good relationship with Brandon, they adored each other, they lined up their goals in life and they accomplished everything. Samantha always wanted to be a mother, she was really looking forward to seeing her child,” said the woman’s mother, Lischen Castorena.
When Samantha set out on her last journey, no one thought it would be fatal, but deep down she felt it. Before leaving, she gave her husband a goodbye kiss and said “give me a kiss, what if you wake up and you won’t see me again”.
Samantha was only 22 years old when a reckless driver took her life. The man fled from the police, drove through the red light and crashed into Samantha’s legally driven car at a high speed.
The young woman did not survive the collision, but fortunately, her baby sleeping under her heart was saved. Brandon nearly passed out when he found out what had happened, with only one thing keeping him going, and that was raising his son.
The man who caused the accident was charged with several ᴄʀɪᴍᴇs, including ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀ, committing a ᴄʀɪᴍᴇ, grievous bodily harm, and possession of a ꜰɪʀᴇᴀʀᴍ. He escaped from prison just as he hit Samantha.
He named the little boy, Brandon Mac, who had to stay in the hospital for a few more weeks after the ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ.
“Mac is doing pretty well. It improves a little every day. Doctors are not yet sure how long he was without oxygen and after yesterday’s MRI they said some patches of white matter in his brain were ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇᴅ. But we persevere and I will always be there for him,” the father wrote in a Facebook post.
As he mourned his wife’s ᴅ.ᴇᴀ.ᴛʜ, the devoted father vowed to always be there for his son, even if none of their old lives were left.