November 24, 2009 – Brennen Asam, a 14-year-old Woodcrest freshman, and his parents, Michael and Shannon Asam, perished in the 5 a.m. Sunday collision between their SUV and a big rig that was idling off Interstate 210 in Sunland, a foothills community northwest of Pasadena.
The family’s two youngest members, 9-year-old Kylie and 11-year-old Blaine, escaped from the back seat before the vehicle caught fire and were rushed to safety by a passing motorist. Their injuries were minor.
The Asams were off to Oregon to spend Thanksgiving with the children’s grandparents. California Highway Patrol officers said it’s unclear why their 2007 GMC veered off the freeway and into the lettuce-loaded tractor trailer.
Michael Asam, a 41-year-old Riverside Public Utilities power line technician, was driving and Shannon, 40, a longtime legal assistant, was in the front passenger seat.
The impact lodged the SUV under the trailer, and started a fire that burned a quarter-acre of brush.
“The kids were all asleep,” said Laurie Leach, principal at Riverside Christian Day School, where Brennen had graduated and where Kylie and Blaine now attend.
She visited the two younger children Sunday as they recovered from their injuries. They are now in the care of their grandparents and aunt and uncle.Posted in: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury, Recent News, SUV Rollovers, The Gomez Law Firm
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