They are faced with a long recovery, and piles of medical bills, but the Sioux Falls family involved in the deadly car crash on 41st Street and Minnesota Avenue is just thankful they are still together.
26-year-old Stephen Wolf and his wife, 25-year-old Ameina, were in the Dodge Durango that was rear ended by 32-year-old Troy Hohn on Thursday just before noon. Looking at photos of the Dodge Durango, it is clear it took a big impact to destroy it. Despite the ordeal, Stephen does not remember even the smallest detail of the crash.
"I guess I'd rather not remember it," Stephen said.
With 11 staples in his head, a concussion, broken ribs and aches and pains in his body, Stephen is out of the hospital. Ameina has had two surgeries; one for a spinal fracture and the other for her broken left shoulder.
"Plates, pins, screws," Stephen said.
Their children, six-year-old Anaya, 22-month-old Samara and three-and-a-half-month old Silas were all in the vehicle and had very minor injuries. Their five-year-old daughter, Mattilynn, was not with them at the time.
It will be a while before Ameina will be able to hold her four children. Recovery will be long and expensive.
"We're normally worried about money and how we're going to pay the next bill and stuff like that. I should be, but I'm really not. It'll work out somehow. We just need to focus on getting better," Stephen said.
Supporters hope to take away some of the financial burden. Two accounts have been set up for the Wolfs. You can make a donation to at any Wells Fargo in the country and at Home Federal in Sioux Falls. Just say you want to contribute to the Wolf Family Fund.
Stephen's mom's employer is collecting some basic needs essentials, like diapers and formula for their kids. You can drop off these types of donations to Bennington Hill Apartments at 5100 S. Nevada Avenue in Sioux Falls. You can also drop off donations to Celebrate Church at 1000 Sycamore Avenue. People are even using Facebook to help raise money.
"Tragedy happens. Everyone becomes instant family. We'll probably never meet the majority of these people or know their names or anything. I want everybody to know how blessed we feel to live in such a community and know so many people care," Laureen Hanson, Stephen's mom, said.
Though their SUV is in pieces, this family remains as strong as ever. Together this family has found the strength to forgive and think of the driver who caused the damage.
"It's terrible what happened to us. But somehow I'd like to reach out to his family somehow to give my condolences. Yeah, he did this to us. I don't know what was going through his mind. Nobody will probably ever know. I'd like to give my condolences. They're the ones who lost somebody. We didn't," Stephen said.