“Then I just held my wife until she said I love you and she died, in my arms,” said Carl Stevens.
Sioux Falls Police are still investigating a massive crash that happened Sunday night outside the Salvation Army Car Show.
Police said Lois Two Bulls, 47, of Sioux Falls, struck three bystanders at the car show—killing Carl Steven’s wife, Angel, and injuring two others.
Monday was an emotional day for everyone involved in Sunday’s crash, especially the friends and family of Angel Stevens. They say what began as a day of celebration ended in a tragedy this community will not soon forget.
“Yesterday was part of our 125th anniversary celebration...we had a vintage car show, motorcycles, a live band playing here, a bounce house behind the building, and we fed a few hundred people,” said Major Thomas Riggs with the Salvation Army.
Riggs says about 100 people were out at the Salvation Army celebration. The motorcycle and car show is what drew Carl and Angels Stevens out to the Salvation Army Sunday afternoon.
“She wanted to put her motorcycle in the bike show, she loved her motorcycle,” said Stevens.
Skyler Burchardi, 13, loved her bike too; he was right beside it when the van struck.
“I was looking at the motorcycle, the red one, and then my little brother got on there and then my dad took a picture of it and then I got hit and flew,” said Skyler.
Skyler was thrown into a brick wall. His father says he fractured his jaw and pelvis, but by Monday, he was staying strong in recovery at Sanford Children’s Hospital.
“I think I’m Superman,” said Skyler when asked how he made it out of this crash OK.
Carl Stevens was the third person struck by the van Sunday afternoon.
“I just got hit and thrown that way towards that telephone pole and I landed upside down…I'm really sore, I feel like a train hit me but, I’m not broken or bleeding,” said Stevens.
His true wounds came from what he saw when he got up.
“I run and found that little boy and then his Dad got him and got him away from the wall and then I threw the lady out of the car so I could get it moved but I didn't know there was a tree there,” said Stevens.
His wife Angel was also hit, but she was pinned between the van and a tree.
“I just held my wife until she said I love you and she died, in my arms,” said Stevens.
Monday Stevens and his family are asking why. Major Riggs said he spoke to the driver of the van after the crash.
“As I was speaking to her after the accident she just said I was hungry,” said Riggs.
Riggs said he had seen the driver before at other Salvation food programs on Saturday and Sunday nights.
Police still don’t have any answers, but the suspect’s lawyer told a judge in court Monday that Two Bulls suffers from a medical disorder that causes seizures.
Many questions still remain, but in the meantime, Skyler and his family are working toward recovery, while Stevens and his family are coming together to remember a wife, mother, sister and friend.
“I just want everyone to know her name was Angel and she was an angel to me...we were married 28 years,” said Stevens.
Both crash victims’ families say they are grateful for the prayers and well wishes from the community. Police say it will likely be several days before the accident reconstruction team is able to figure out exactly what happened Sunday afternoon and bring the families some closure.