‘It was so unexpected’: Brother of Steuben Co. crash victim speaks out

‘It was so unexpected’: Brother of Steuben Co. crash victim speaks out
Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 5:18 PM EDT
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STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA) - An Ohio man says he’s trying to help his family in whatever way he can after a deadly crash in Steuben County claimed the lives of his loved ones.

Heath Perrine says he lost his sister and brother-in-law. On Friday, police say a truck drifted over the center line on State Road 120, striking their car straight on.

33-year-old Breanna Bright (Perrine) was pronounced dead at the scene, and her husband Lonnie Bright died at the hospital on Monday. Their 5-year-old daughter Journey is still in a coma, but their 3-month-old son Granger is expected to be okay.

Heath says he and his wife have agreed to take care of the baby boy. He told ABC21 it’s been a difficult week for his family.

“Getting... Getting the phone call was the hardest,” Heath said. “Then we live in Ohio, so it was a four-hour drive. Four hours of thinking. Soon as I walked to the hospital doors, we all just hugged and started crying because... it was so unexpected.”

He described Breanna and Lonnie as great parents who loved the outdoors and had just gotten married last year. Their other two children, Carter and Hunter, were not in the car at the time of the crash.

Heath launched a GoFundMe campaign to help his family pay for funeral expenses--it’s already raised more than $30,000. You can donate here.

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