Yong Vang and his wife, Shoua Vang, died after the Highway Patrol says the car they were in failed to stop at a stop sign. Their 18-year-old son was driving.
The collision happened Thursday night around 7 p.m. at Del Rey and North near Sanger. The Vangs have eight children, five boys and three girls. They were on their way to a farm near Sanger when investigators say their son, who was driving the family's Toyota Tundra ran a stop sign and broadsided another car.
At the apartment complex where Yong and Shoua Vang lived with their children, family members are struggling to figure out what to do and how to comfort the victim's children.
The driver of the Toyota Tundra truck, Seng Vang was released from the hospital to recover at home.
Family members say they told Seng, and his two brothers about their parents death Friday morning.
They were also in the truck when the crash occurred.
"We are scared to tell them that their mom and dad pass away. So today they know, we told them." Sontaya asks "How are they doing?" "They cry, they cry too much," Nhia Jay Yang said.
Loved ones say Yong and Shoua emigrated to the United States in 2004 from a refugee camp in Thailand. Although they tried to adjust to life in the Central Valley, Yong's brother said they faced many challenges.
"He don't know how to drive, he don't know how to speak English, and it was so difficult for them to change to a new life."
The family is shocked that of the hardships they faced, that their life would end in a traffic collision.
Investigators are still interviewing witnesses trying to find out what other drivers saw seconds before the deadly wreck. They have already come to one conclusion.
"Basically the Toyota Tundra failed to stop for the posted stop sign and entered the intersection at the same time as the Chevy Malibu did. That caused the Toyota Tundra to broadside the Chevy Malibu," Axel Reyes said.
One relative says the situation is made even worse by the fact the family had little means to begin with and now they are dealing with coming up with money to bury two loved ones.
"We don't have anything you know. All the kids they go to school and they are not working and we don't have much money," Chongee Vang said.
The California Highway Patrol says it is likely the driver at fault will face manslaughter charges.NEWS BY LOCATION | ABC30 BLOGS | DISCUSSION FORUMS
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