Family dinner turns tragic after car crash

Cooper Family
Cooper Family
Brianna Cooper
Brianna Cooper

By Peter Schaller - bio | email

STUART, FL (WFLX) - Todd Cooper went out to dinner with his four children in Stuart Wednesday night, but, on the way home, a car crash would change his family forever.

Troopers say a driver of an Oldsmobile ran a red light on Kanner Highway, smashing into the family's Honda, and splitting it in two.

The oldest, 11-year-old Brianna, died. Everyone else in the car was rushed to area hospitals.

Dad, 9-year-old Bryce and 3-year-old twins, Briley and Brandon, are all expected to survive. Meanwhile, friends created a Web site dedicated to Brianna's memory calling the sixth-grader an angel.

Before this tragedy, we're told the family was already struggling as Todd, at times, was working three jobs.

The driver of the car, who troopers say, T-boned the family's car has already been released from the hospital. He wasn't badly hurt and charges against him are pending.

The family tells me no energy is being wasted on anger toward the other driver. They're focusing on the three children who need healing physically, mentally and emotionally.

Services for Brianna are at the Grace Place Community Church in Stuart. There's a memorial Monday night from 5 to 8 and another on Tuesday morning from 10 to 11 with the funeral afterward.

Several fundraiser's and bank accounts have been setup to help the Cooper family with expenses.

A spaghetti dinner is scheduled for Wednesday night at Anderson Middle School from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Donations may also be made at any Seacoast Bank or PNC Bank branch and through the Grace Place Church in Stuart.

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