A DEVASTATED dad awoke in hospital to learn his three young daughters had been killed by a drink-driver in the high-speed smash which left him paralysed.
Somchai Lurak, 26, a restaurant manager from Idaho, in the US, miraculously survived the crash but is in hospital after being left horrifically injured.
His fiancee, and the girl’s step mum, Emma Weigand, 25, who was riding in the passenger seat escaped with broken ribs and a shattered right arm.
However, Aneena, 6, Kya, 5, and Drayka, 3, were all killed in the shocking impact.
Somchai’s devastated brother had to break the tragic news to him as he lay in his hospital bed.
The family are now sharing their shocking story in a bid to highlight the consequences of drink-driving.
Driving home from a visit to see a family member, a drunk driver hit the family car at 80mph while it was stopped at a red light.
He has since admitted his guilt and is now due to be sentenced for three counts of vehicular manslaughter.
Somchai’s brother, Anthony Smock, 34, said: “Just when I think I might be getting over the worst, tears just start pouring out of my eyes.
“I start thinking about my nieces’ beautiful smiles and sweet little giggles, and how every time I would sweep them up into my arms and give them hugs and kisses.
“I want them back and I want my brother to be able to have his babies.
“It’s a miracle we still have Somchai and his recovery has been improving.
“Due to the accident, he is missing seven vertebrae in his neck and because of the place it is in his neck, doctors are amazed that he has any feeling in his legs whatsoever.
“But his road to recovery will be long and due to the amount of medical care he needs, it will be expensive.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with the support and have already been overwhelmed as family, friends and even strangers have donated more than $50,000 to help.
“My brother has said he’s doing the best he can but he’s devastated.
“As of right now he’s classed as an incomplete quadriplegic – he’s got feeling but no movement. We don’t know whether he’ll ever walk again.”
Anthony, along with his sister Amanda, had to break the news to their sibling that his children has died, after he woke from sedation.
He said: “We had to wait till he was less sedated to tell him that his beautiful daughters were dead. They were the sweetest girls.
“Our family have three pieces of our hearts missing forever now. To everyone everywhere, I’m begging you.
“Never ever drink and drive – it’s selfish and stupid and can destroy people’s lives and families forever.
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“Just because you may get home safely once or a hundred times doesn’t mean you’re a better driver when you’re drunk than anyone else .
“Don’t confuse being fortunate or lucky with being uncompromised while drinking drunk. Sooner or later it may cost you or someone else their life.
“One act of careless indifference for others can impact a stranger’s life and yours forever. And you’re the one who will have to live with it sober.”