The driver who hit her crossed the median and crashed into her auto just a mile from her home. The driver of the other vehicle hit a curb near Golden Valley Road and Valley Center Drive, lost control, side-swiped another auto, crossed the median and smalled into Evens' vehicle.
Katie Evans was driving in the area of Golden Valley Road and Valley Center Drive when she was struck head-on by a vehicle that had lost control after sideswiping another auto, said Shirley Miller, a public information officer for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. Police believe the other driver may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time; alcohol containers were found in her vehicle, a sergeant tells the Santa Clarita Valley Signal.
Sister-in-law Caralee explained that Katie's husband grew concerned when she did not return home. Katie leaves behind her husband Jacob Evans, her children Spencer (12), Travis (11), Nathaniel (9), Gideon (2) and her premie twin girls Hannah and Sarah (not even 8 weeks old!).
A 22-year-old suspect has been booked for misdemeanor DUI, according to the Santa Clarita Signal.
"If the tests show alcohol, she will be facing vehicular manslaughter charges", Miller said.
"One person was taken to the hospital", she said. "They wouldn't have filed anything more than a DUI that night".
"She was travelling home late at night after visiting her baby girls at the hospital ... and she was hit", Caralee recounted. She was a devoted mother, sister and wife and will be immensely missed.
The donations page gathered over $160,000 by Monday afternoon.
The family set up a YouCaring page to raise money for the family.
At first, Jacob Evans thought he would have to move the family out of Southern California, but thanks to the incredible support, that might change.
Jacob, the husband, Evens' parents, and her sister, Stephanie, visited the premature twins at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit after the crash. An update on the page shares a small piece of good news, in light of the tragic events. The twins are expected to go home in four to six weeks, KTLA reports.
Evans said that Hannah and Sarah nearly died right before birth, but that they're getting stronger each day, thanks to their mother.
The driver of the third vehicle involved in the collision was not injured, according to Miller.