“I lost my dad and my sister. Because a catering company failed to secure their cargo and canvas bags were spilled on the highway.”
Bridgerton author Julia Quinn lost her father and sister in a car crash.
Stephen Cotler, 77, and his youngest daughter Violet Charles, 37, were killed on June 29 in a three-car stack in Utah, caused when a catering company lost its load of canvas bags on Highway.
According to the State Department of Public Safety, Cotler and his daughter (real name Ariana Cotler) were driving behind a red Toyota Prius, when they stopped or nearly stopped because of the debris.
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But a green Ford F-250 behind them didn’t stop in time and raced into the back of their car, pushing them past a silver Chevy Malibu. Both father and daughter died instantly. Violet’s beloved service dog Michelle was also killed in the crash.
Another adult male passenger had to be airlifted to hospital, while the occupants of the Malibu were airlifted in serious condition.
The driver of the F-250 suffered only minor injuries; he was arrested for drunk driving.
An investigation into the accident is underway.
The Bridgerton writer shared the heartbreaking news on Facebook on Wednesday night:
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“I lost my dad and my sister. Because a catering company didn’t secure their load and canvas bags spilled on the highway. Because a pickup driver didn’t think not to drive when his blood alcohol level was almost 3 times the legal limit, ”she said. wrote.
“I lost my father and I don’t have my sister to mourn with.”
“I lost my sister Violet Charles Comics, with whom I had just finished writing a graphic novel. It was dedicated to our father.”
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“He will always be dedicated to our father. It won’t be a surprise anymore, but I would like to think he suspected that we would. He knew us so well. He was our father.”
The edition is owned by the Cotler family: Violet was a cartoonist, while dad Steve was the originator of the famous Cheesie Mack children’s book series.
In a tribute posted on her Facebook page, an anecdote previously written by Julia lovingly recalled the moment she stopped being embarrassed by “the most embarrassing father ever.”
“It was his 25th reunion. I was in second year, so I stayed in Cambridge to attend the festivities with him. The whole class of ’65 had gone to a club in Boston to dance, and Janet Jackson came on the speakers. My dad I started dancing very badly (typical) but with a lot of enthusiasm (typical too). I saw a few teenagers point fingers and giggle, and I thought, ‘Yeah, you would like your dad to dance like that. ‘”
“After that, I only felt pride in his geek. He was willing to try almost anything, and he never let the fear of embarrassment rule his actions. As a friend the said after his sudden death, ‘We should all be a little more Steve.’ “
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