GREEN RIVER — The Doak family in Green River suffered a terrible loss when a vehicle crashed into the life they had built at the corner of Monroe and Evers.
The vehicle was driven by an allegedly intoxicated driver, who has been charged with vehicular homicide and driving while under the influence causing serious bodily injury.
The crash would take two members of the family including one-year-old Stella Doak and her great-grandmother Debra Jean DeVries.
Stella was taken to Children’s Primary Hospital in Salt Lake City; doctors there told Stella’s parents Sami and Ian that the damage had already been done and there was no hope for a recovery.
The Doaks made the decision to remove Stella from life support. Within moments she had passed away, surrounded by her family.
Stella was born at 7:56 a.m. March 9th, 2016; she passed away one year and two days later at 7:56 p.m. on March 11th, 2017.
Stella’s kidneys and heart valve were donated and will live in other children.
The other members of the family who were injured are recovering in hospital or have been released.
Community Comes Together
The community has rallied around the family. A memorial has been set up at the scene of the tragedy. The community has placed stuffed animals, candles, and other items there in memory of those who were lost.
Stella’s family plans to donate the animals to a worthy cause.
Sami and Ian said that the community response has been overwhelming.
Two construction companies have offered to repair the damage to the home.
How You Can Help
You can show your support for the Doak family in several ways. There are two Gofundme accounts raising money for the family.
A bake sale and raffle will be held at the American Legion in Green River from 1 pm-to-6 pm on march 18th.
There will be gift baskets, gift certificates, and large items being raffled.
The tickets are two dollars a piece, three-for-five, or nine-for-ten.
ALL proceeds will be going to the Doak family in this time of need.
Anyone wishing to donate more items for either the bake sale or the raffle may contact Jasmine Garcia or Tawny Nelson.
Numerous other businesses are pitching in to help fundraise, we will have a future post detailing their efforts.
A group of youths including, Tierra Bargeron, Makenzie Reynolds, Bianca Schmidt and Jace McCreary sold baked goods today from noon til 4:30 pm, under the adult supervision of Cindy McCreary and Charles W Reynolds, raising $1,200.36 towards helping the Doak family.