An Arizona family is taking a few moments of their time to say thank you to the Texas Panhandle community.
Early Wednesday morning on I-40 near Pullman, a van, carrying the family of 12, was hit by a suspected drunk driver, according to officials with the Amarillo Police Department.
A 50-year-old man and 11-year-old child were killed. Several other family members received life-threatening injuries. According to an official close to the case, the family members are all recovering in hospitals in Dallas, Lubbock and at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo. Friends and other family members are with the victims at all the different hospitals.
The family is requesting privacy at this time, but released this statement via a representative from Northwest.
“Our family would like to thank you for all of the support, love and most especially the prayers that are being felt. We are mourning our losses and praising God for His many blessings. The people here in Texas have been overwhelmingly generous, supportive and are truly lifting our entire family up in this time of great need. It has been remarkably inspiring. We appreciate your respect for our continued privacy. Some of the kids have a very long road to a full recovery and the very best thing you can do for us is pray for healing. This tragic event is an opportunity for God’s love to shine through in the gravest of circumstances.”
A fund has been set up through Amarillo National Bank under the name ‘Arizona Family.’ The money goes directly to the family and will help with their immediate needs.
The driver of the pickup that hit the family, Adam Banbury, 19, was arrested on four felony charges of intoxicated manslaughter and intoxicated assault.