BURNS, Ore. - Seven members of a Western Washington family were among the eight victims killed Monday in a head-on crash in Oregon, according to police and multiple media reports. Five of the seven were children ranging in age from 2 to 11.
The family was traveling to Las Vegas on an end-of-summer trip when their 2016 Toyota 4 Runner SUV was struck by a 1999 Toyota 4 Runner that veered across the centerline and crashed into them on Oregon Hwy. 78 near Burns, Ore. The driver of the 1999 SUV, who was the sole occupant of that vehicle, was also killed.
Killed in the family's 2016 SUV were a mother and her three children, a relative and two other children.
The Oregon State Police later identified those victims as Erika Carter Boquet, 29, of Tacoma and her children, Isabella Earlene Boquet, 11; Elisabeth Ann Boquet, 8; and Tytis Michael Boquet, 6; as well as Kyla Marie Brown, 28, of Olympia and her children, Arianna Marie Brown, 10; and Xavier King Johnson, 2.
All of the victims reportedly died at the crash scene.
"It's a tragedy I wouldn't wish on anyone else," Erika Boquet's brother, Jessie Tate of Spanaway, told the OregonLive.
He said the family has created a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs.
Tate tells the OregonLive that his sister was devoted to volunteer work through a Tacoma-based nonprofit she created called Last Stop. The group, he said, provides resources to low-income families.