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'It hurts bad': Father mourns 7 Tacoma family members, kids killed in Oregon crash

Seven members of a Tacoma family – five of them children – were killed in a car crash in Eastern Oregon this week. (Photo: KOMO News)

TACOMA, Wash. - Seven members of a Tacoma family – five of them children – were killed in a car crash in Eastern Oregon this week.

The seven family members were driving to Las Vegas for a family vacation on Monday. Around 10 a.m., another driver on Highway 78 crossed the center line and collided with them head on, killing all seven of them. The 48-year-old driving the other car also died.

“For them to be gone, it hurts bad,” Louis Johnson said.

Johnson’s daughter Erika Boquet and his girlfriend Kyla Brown were the two adults in the car. Boquet’s three children, Bella, 11, Lisa, 8, and Titus, 6 and Brown’s two children, Xavier, 6, and Arianna, 10 were also in the car.

“I’m gonna miss everything about them," Johnson said. "They were so young, they had the whole world ahead of them. I don’t want to focus on any one. Because every one of the them touched everybody’s life in one way or another.”

Johnson was waiting in Las Vegas when he got the news. He had planned the trip to create a special family vacation for his daughter Erika.

“I never really got to tell her how great she was,” he said. “I thought her coming down on vacation was a way I could show her that, you know, you’re doing great. I believe in you. And then to have this happen.”

Oregon State Police are still investigating why that 48-year-old crossed the center line. They are waiting on toxicology results.

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