Update: A 72-year old woman driving in suburban Sacramento Sunday struck a minivan carrying Angela and Ken “KC” Osborn, their four children and a young niece; KC Osborn was pronounced dead on the scene and the couple’s youngest daughter was declared brain dead Tuesday night. A GoFundMe project has been established to raise funds for the family.
Sacramento resident Regina Wander’s Hyundai Santa Fe crossed from her southbound lane on Wyda Way directly into oncoming traffic, ultimately striking the passenger side of the Osborn’s Chrysler minivan. As a result of the impact, the minivan skidded out of control onto the eastbound lane of Alta Arden Expressway, hitting a Toyota Sienna driven by Catherine Nagy of Sacramento. Nagy reportedly did not sustain any injuries, and the Osborn’s niece received only scrapes and bruises. Angela Osborn and her other three children were all hospitalized; in addition to contusions and other injuries, her son and one daughter have multiple pelvis fractures and her eldest daughter’s neck is sprained. Osborn underwent surgery Tuesday for a severe broken arm.
KC Osborn was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Michelle Osborn, aged 10, was placed on life support at the hospital but was pronounced brain dead on Tuesday. “My family and I have made the difficult decision to donate her organs to children in need,” Angela Osborn posted on Facebook Wednesday morning, “So at least something good can come out of this terrible, terrible, terrible, tragedy.”
It was initially believed that Wander had run a stop sign before striking the minivan, but Officer Jenna Berry of the CHP reported Tuesday evening that no stop sign or traffic light was involved. Wander was hospitalized with major injuries; UC Davis Health System spokesperson Susan Mar confirmed that Wander is in fair condition as of Wednesday. No reason for the sudden lane change has been determined, but drugs or alcohol were not a factor. No information is available regarding whether criminal charges will be filed.
The Osborn family is well known in the community, due in part to their many years of volunteer work for animal shelters and non-profit rescue groups in the Sacramento region. The lives of countless animals were saved through their efforts with Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode and the City of Sacramento’s Front Street Shelter. Angela Osborn and other members of the extended family have expressed their gratitude on Facebook for the prayers and good wishes that have been pouring in since the tragedy. Posts on numerous Facebook member pages have reflected the widespread shock of friends far and wide.
Angela and KC, both natives of Sacramento, wed in 1997. Their enthusiasm for life, nature and all living things only grew with the joyous birth of twins Ken and Samantha, now 16 years old. Daughter Elizabeth joined the happy clan in 2002 and Michelle was born 3 years later. All of the kids took part as community volunteers, and the population of the family home was frequently inflated with numerous foster animals of every type. Angela and her energetic crew also helped with pet adoptions, public education and advocacy, fund raising events, caring for abused, injured or ill animals, doing transports and doing nearly every imaginable task related to saving and improving the lives of animals.
In addition to the efforts of family and friends, one local small business has stepped up to help the Osborns as well. Mike Fanseloe of Crazy For Yogurt says a portion of the sales from all three of the shop’s locations on August 26 will be donated to the family; simply mention the Osborns during checkout.
Click here to donate to the Osborn fundraiser on GoFundMe.