UPDATE: Coroner releases causes of death of victims in weekend's fatal I-64 crash
On Monday afternoon, the family of the victims released a statement.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Coroner's Office has officially released the identities and causes of death of the three people who died in a fiery car crash on I-64 West, near Hurstbourne Parkway, Saturday night.
According to police, a preliminary investigation shows that a Toyota van heading west on I-64 was hit by a white Hyundai. After the crash, the Hyundai became disabled and stopped, at which point it was hit by a maroon Hyundai that was also traveling west.
Police say the impact of the crash caused the white Hyundai to hit the center concrete barrier, before it came to a rest in the left emergency shoulder.
Officials say the driver of the white Hyundai exited the vehicle and was speaking with the driver of the Toyota van when the white Hyundai caught fire. Police say 9-year-old Lauren Owens, 21-year-old Samantha Owens and her son, 2-month-old Liam, who were still inside the white Hyundai, all died at the scene.
WDRB News received official confirmation of the victims' identities Monday afternoon, from the Jefferson County Coroner's Office. The coroner's office also released the causes of death of each of the victims.
We're told Samantha Owens died of blunt force head injuries. Lauren Owens died of blunt force head and torso injuries, as well as injuries from the fire. Liam McCarty died of blunt force head injuries, as well as injuries from the fire.
All three victims were pronounced dead at the scene at 11 p.m.
Also Monday afternoon, the Owens family released a statement, through Clarksville Town Council President Paul Fetter, who is acting as their spokesman. In their statement, they family revealed that, before the crash, they were already mourning the loss of three family members. Now, they say they must learn to cope with the tragic losses brought by the weekend.
"The family is yet recovering from the losses of their father, mother and uncle and still trying to learn how to celebrate holidays in their absence," the statement read. "The occurrence of this weekend’s tragedy is overwhelming. I cannot describe the depth of pain and sadness caused by the recent untimely deaths of these three young family members, sisters Samantha and Lauren Owens and Samantha's new son Liam. Only God knows the answers, and now only God can provide the relief needed for our family, so please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. We are thankful and deeply moved by the outpouring of community support."
The statement is signed by "Paul and Tammy Fetter on behalf of Paula, Alexis and Robb Owens."
Visitation for the three will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Colgate Baptist Church on East Montgomery Avenue in Clarksville.
The funeral will follow Friday's visitation at the church.
Donations can be dropped off at Centra Credit Union on Veterans Parkway in Jeffersonville.
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