Family heartbroken after car crash kills 4-year-old boy, 9-month-old baby in Pleasant Prairie

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A local family member spoke to CBS 58 Tuesday following the tragic car accident on Springbrook Road and Highway 31 that killed a 4-year-old boy and a 9-month-old baby girl Friday night.

According to police, the fatal crash took place around 8:26 p.m. on Nov. 18. The victims who were rushed to the hospital were later identified as Krystal and Jose Ruvalcaba.

"I think for all of us, it just doesn't feel real, doesn't feel real that our Adrian and our Eli are gone," said Isabella Reyes, the kids' aunt.

Reyes says her sister had just gotten out of work, and her husband had suggested they drive to Gurnee to have dinner, so she didn't have to cook.

"My sister always shared her location with my mom, so when the car accident happened, it alerted my mom that Krystal was involved in a crash," she said.

She said after calling multiple hospitals in the area, the family was notified that her niece, Eliana, had unfortunately died at the scene upon impact, and her nephew, Adrian, passed away as he was being transported to a nearby hospital.

"My brother-in-law, he suffered some bruised lungs and a broken arm, which he'll need surgery sister...she got beaten up, got lacerated in her liver, lacerated kidney, she's got a punctured lung that's partially collapsed, and she's got a broken rib, and she's really badly bruised," she told CBS 58. 

For now, Krystal Ruvalcaba will remain hospitalized so that doctors can mainly monitor her liver, and her husband, Jose, is recovering at home but is expected to undergo surgery Wednesday.

Pleasant Prairie Police Department said they are still analyzing lab reports and crash data to determine the cause of the accident.

"The only thing that we know was that it was a man that hit them, he's still alive, he's got just a few bruises but he's OK," she added.

Reyes said the family is having a hard time grasping their new reality.

"Two innocent baby lives were taken, and it wasn't, it's not fair, it's not fair to our family, it's not fair to Jose's family, it's not fair that these babies were taken at the hands of somebody we don't even know," Reyes said with tears in her eyes.

Reyes would also like to thank a good Samaritan -- also named Krystal -- who stopped at the crash site to wait for help and prayed over the children.

"On behalf of all of us, thank you so much, because none of us were able to be there for them and God put her there for a reason," she said.

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