It happed in a split second, but the healing process will take up to a year.
Police say 32-year-old Troy Hohn was driving a SUV that caused a chain-reaction crash. He's dead while six others recover from non-life threatening injuries.
Thursday's deadly car crash on 41st Street and Minnesota Avenue is leaving one family with permanent scars.
"They got hit from the back end, it spun the vehicle around. Thankfully all the kids were buckled into their car seats, so it was probably the one thing that saved them more than anything," brother-in-law Nathanael Anderson said.
The Wolf family's SUV was demolished after getting rear ended by Hohn, who was speeding up to 100 miles per hour.
Inside the Dodge Durango sat Stephen and Ameina Wolf and strapped in the back was their six-year-old, 20-month-old and a three-month-old.
The Wolf's vehicle was the first one hit, causing a chain reaction on 41st Street and Minnesota Avenue last week. Hohn did not survive.
However, the kids are fine but the six-year-old's injuries kept her in the hospital overnight.
"They just wanted to make sure it's not a head wound and just wanted to make sure it's not a concussion," Anderson said.
The mom and dad are still hospitalized. Anderson says the stay at home mom was sitting in the passenger seat. The family believes she was turned around helping with her kids at the time of the crash.
"She did break part of her back. It was a fairly severe break from what I understand, but it didn't do any permanent damage from what I gathered. They did do surgery the other day and it was successful," Anderson said.
And from here on out doctors say recovery will be long. Ameina is looking at more than a year of recovery. But Stephen, on the other hand, should heal much faster after suffering a severe concussion and a fractured vertebra.
On Saturday, the parents were able to see each other for the first time since the crash.
"Everyone was really excited to go over and see them. It was fairly emotional but the kids were really happy to see their dad and it will be nice when the kids will be able to cuddle with their dad again," Anderson said.
Stephen will not be able to pick up his young children for at least a month. The families are preparing to help take care of the kids until the parents are back to full health.
Family members have set up a fund for the Wolf family. If you would like to donate you can go to any Home Federal Bank and ask for the Wolf Family Fund.
The family also says they are in need of size two diapers and training pull-ups. If you would like to donate those items you can contact Anderson at email@example.com.