Boy, 3, dies two days after ‘DUI driver crashed into family car and killed his mother instantly’
- Reed Lahaie was pronounced dead at a hospital in Lansing, Michigan, on Monday
- His mother, Dana Lahaie, 36, was killed in Saturday’s crash in Eagle Township
- Her husband, 38-year-old Ryan Lahaie, suffered broken bones and internal injuries, and was placed in medically induced coma
- The driver who struck their car, Thomas Hahn, 55, was also injured; police believe he had been drinking
A thee-year-old boy has died at a Michigan hospital two days after a suspected DUI head-on crash that killed his mother on the spot and left his father clinging to life.
Ryan Lahaie, 38, his wife, 36-year-old Dana Lahaie, and their toddler son, identified by family members as Reed, were traveling westbound on Interstate 96 in Eagle Township at around 6.35pm on Saturday when deputies say an eastbound driver crossed the median and crashed into the family’s vehicle head on.
Paramedics pronounced the mother dead at the scene. Her three-year-old son was rushed to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, where he was placed on life support.
Tragedy: Dana Lahaie, 36 (left), was killed in a crash in Michigan, which also took the life of her three-year-old son, Reed (center), and critically injured her husband, Ryan (right)
Cops say an eastbound driver crossed the median on Interstate 96 in Michigan on Saturday and smashed into the Lahaies’ westbound car
Despite doctors’ effort to save him, Reed Lahaie succumbed to his injuries on Monday, reported Mlive.com.
The boy’s father was also critically injured and remained on a ventilator Tuesday, according to an update from his relatives on GoFundMe.
The driver of the car that struck the Lahaie family’s vehicle, identified as 55-year-old Thomas Hahn, from Ottawa, Illinois, was also critically injured.
Officials with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that alcohol appears to have played a role in the deadly collision, as Fox 47 reported.
According to the description of the online fundraiser for the Lahaie family, Ryan, Dana and Reed had travelled to Ann Arbor to sit a relative’s new baby and were returning to their home in Lowell at the time of the crash.
Dana Lahaie died on the spot. Ryan suffered broken bones and internal injuries
Ryan Lahaie’s cousin wrote that the 38-year-old man suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries, and was in a medically induced coma.
On Tuesday, his mother wrote that Ryan was still fully sedated and chemically paralyzed to keep him from moving his fractured limbs.
Betsy Orsmbree also revealed that her late three-year-old grandson’s organs will be donated through the organization Gift of Life in the next few days.
According to his Facebook profile, Ryan owns an architecture firm in Grand Rapids.