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How you can help the little girl orphaned by a car crash in Kootenays

Meadow Moonflower of Castlegar with baby brother.
Meadow Moonflower of Castlegar with baby brother.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Michelle Sofonoff

A horrific car crash near Castlegar earlier this week claimed the lives of two young parents and their infant son, leaving their three-year-old daughter behind, and prompting a fundraiser for grieving family members. 

The little girl, Meadow Moonflower, will be raised with her grandma, Kim Mullaney.

“Donations are going toward raising Meadow as well as funeral costs,” said Castlegar resident and close family friend Michelle Sofonoff. “I’m trying to take some of the financial worry away as they go through this unbelievable transition.”

Habib Moonflower, Ashley Mullaney and infant son Vincent died in the crash on Highway 3A near the village of Thrums on Monday, Jan. 16 when their car collided with a pickup truck.

READ MORE: Newborn baby is one of three killed in highway crash in B.C.'s Interior

“To say we are devastated, heartbroken and destroyed is an understatement,” said grandmother Kim Mullaney in a statement sent to iNFOnews by Sofonoff. “My three-year-old granddaughter was the only one to survive and she is missing her mommy, daddy and baby brother so much I wish I could take away all her pain. We all love this little girl so much and will do everything to make sure she grows up knowing how much she was loved by her parents and how much she will always be loved by her whole family.

“My precious baby grandson, I only got to hold you five times in the eight short days of your life but you were loved and so precious to me. I was excited to watch you learn and grow into a big boy but your time with us was cut way too short.”

Sofonoff said her friendship with Ashley Mullaney was “like no other.”

“Our children were growing up together and she always knew how to make any bad situation a happy or funny one,” she said. “She would never let anyone stay sad, she always fixed it and made you laugh or smile while you were down. I looked at Ashley like she was my sister, I am an aunty to her babies and I will never forget how kind hearted and loving she was.”

Go here to donate to the family.

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