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Siblings killed by alleged drunk driver at birthday party identified by family

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The young siblings killed when an alleged drunk driver crashed through a child’s birthday party in Michigan last weekend were identified Sunday as 8-year-old Lana and 5-year-old Zayn, according to devastated loved ones.

A photo of the adorable brother and sister with their mother and eldest sibling – who remain in critical condition – emerged a day after the deadly crash that also injured more than a dozen other people at the Swan Creek Boat Club.

“My sister and her family lost their two babies to a drunk driver on April 20 in Monroe, MI. Mother (Mariah) and oldest brother (Jayden) remain in critical condition at this time,” Diane Harrington wrote on a GoFundMe page where the siblings were identified and pictured.

A photo of the family was released by loved ones on Sunday.
A photo of the family was released by loved ones on Sunday. GoFundMe

“The money raised will help ensure that Lana, 8, and Zayn, 5, have a proper funeral and burial service.”

The remaining money would go toward housing and medical expenses, the family said.

The GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $100,000 since it started earlier Sunday.

The birthday celebration turned into a nightmare around 3 p.m. Saturday when a 66-year-old woman — who has not yet been identified — drove her SUV through the boat club where children and their parents were gathered, authorities said.

Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough said emergency responders described the scene as “extremely chaotic.”

Flowers were left at a scene on Sunday April 21, 2024 where an alleged drunk driver smashed through a wall at the Swan Boat Club.
Flowers were left at a scene on Sunday April 21, 2024 where an alleged drunk driver smashed through a wall at the Swan Boat Club. Mandi Wright / USA TODAY NETWORK

Three children and six adults were rushed to area hospitals by helicopter or ambulance. A total of 15 people were injured.

The driver was taken into custody and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death. More charges could follow, WTVG reported.

Lana and Zayn attended Bobcean Elementary School and Jayden attends Simpson Middle School at Flat Rock Community Schools.

School Superintendent Andrew Brodie called the incident “senseless” in a message to the school community.

“Our entire school community is reeling from this devastating news, and our hearts ache for the families and loved ones of those affected by this unimaginable tragedy. Words cannot adequately express the depth of our grief, nor can they ease the pain of those who mourn,” Brodie said.

“Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this incredibly difficult time.”




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