Wednesday, December 10, 2014
You have to take the children with you?
"We all knew he was going to snap eventually," stated Edwards's 17 year old daughter Jordyn.
Alan Dean Edwards, 46, rammed his 1997 Honda Accord into the back of a parked semi on December 8 2014 at about 1 am. The high speed crash at the Whitaker Brake Check area off I-5 north of Castaic Lake CA killed him and his two children, Erick Edwards, 9 and 5 year old Alona Edwards. Police spent the next day investigating how he could have accidently crashed into the legally parked semi truck.
The evidence reveals that Edwards meant to kill himself and his two children, most likely because his life seemed to be spinning out of control. Edwards had been involved in a very bitter custody fight and divorce with his estranged wife and was on the losing side so far. He picked his two children up on Friday December 5 after school in accordance with their agreement and headed to the family home.
His wife of eight years, Sherri Edwards, had sold the Lancaster home that day but had not told Edwards that she had. He arrived there to find the home sold and virtually empty of the family belongings. Sherri states that she was unable to reach Edwards by text afterwards and on Dec 7 she filed a complaint at the Lancaster Sheriff's station stating that he had kidnapped the children.
Police are certain that the accident is a murder-suicide based on the evidence that they have found. Edwards left the family home unlocked and left his driver's license, his keys, Erick's asthma medicine and the Honda's air bag sensors inside. The children, Erick in the front seat and Alona in the backseat, were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Police do not believe that Edwards could have fallen asleep at the wheel because he also was not wearing a seatbelt and he had to dodge several obstacles at the brake check to hit the rig. Police added that they all died instantly in the high speed crash that sheared most of the roof off of the car. Balbir Singh, 45, of Yuba City was asleep in his truck at the time of the crash and was not hurt. Police stress that he was legally parked at the pull-off at the time of the crash.
Sherri stated that the children must have been asleep at the time of the crash and that they both usually rode in the back seat. Her step daughter Jordyn stated that Edwards had lost custody of her earlier and that he had threatened to kill both her and her mother previously. She added that several people had felt that her father would snap one day and it is believed that the pressure of being homeless, not having a job and losing custody of the children may have been enough to push him over the edge.
No funeral plans have been announced yet but there has been a fund set up on go fund me to help with the expenses for the children.