Profound loss was met with new hope, as a family broken to pieces received news of special new additions.
On what seemed like any other day, Lori Coble was headed home with her three beautiful children – Kyle, Emma and Katie – when a truck carrying 40,000 pounds of cargo at 70 mph plowed into the back on the family’s minivan. Traumatic injuries led rescue teams to send Lori and her kids to different hospitals. Lori’s husband Chris remained updated, but, as he soon learned, even the best experts were unable to save the children, ranging in age from 2 to 5-years-old.
Since Lori’s body had suffered the horrendous impact of the accident as well, she retained no memory of the events that transpired that day. Chris, already mourning, had to inform his wife about that accident and explain the loss of their three babies.
Determined to make sure their children did not die in vain, the grieving Coble couple began to investigate the trucking industry and its shortcomings.
With a history of speeding, Jorge Miguel Romero, the trucker responsible for the Coble’s life-taking crash, pled no contest to three count of vehicular manslaughter. However, the Cobles wanted more than justice. They demanded change.
“This is an industry that’s based on payment on miles driven,” Chris Coble told Meredith Vieira. “For a lot of truckers, if that truck isn’t rolling, they’re not getting paid, which really sets up an entire industry where it promotes danger and real safety concerns. These truckers are speeding, and they’re tired, and we’d like to get that changed.”
And then in the midst of their quest for justice, the couple encountered an eerie twist of fate. Six months had passed since the accident, when a pregnancy test revealed Lori was pregnant. But this wasn’t all. As the couple began planning for their new child, they learned there was not only one instance of new life growing in Lori’s womb, there were three. Of the three, there were two girls and one boy, just like the children they lost.
The couple’s three little miracles will never replace the unique children who died the year prior but the Cobles believe the children taken by the accident are somehow responsible for the life-altering coincidence.
“Your mind can’t even think otherwise,” Chris told LittleThings. “If you feel they’re somewhere watching over you, protecting you, and something like this happens, it’s hard to think that somehow they weren’t involved in crafting this.”
Although they may never meet their siblings face to face, there are three happy 9-year-olds who share a special connection to a family who once was, and whose simple existence has helped two parents heal from unspeakable tragedy.
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