Family mourning loss of daughter hit by car - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Family mourning loss of daughter hit by car

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A family is mourning the loss of a daughter after she was hit by a car on Northwest Blvd. last week.

Police say 78-year-old Kenneth Danel lost control of his car due to a medical condition last Friday and hit 19-year-old Caroline Hoch who was walking along the sidewalk.

Danel died at the scene and Hoch died later that night.

Caroline's family says this tragedy is forcing them to deal with the loss of a life that still had so much left to give.

The family last spoke to their daughter Wednesday night after she stopped by to bring them cookies she baked.

"I said honey just be safe, she texted back 'mom I will,'" said Caroline's mother Holly. "I texted back and said 'I love you,' we just miss her a lot."

The sudden loss of Caroline has shaken the family of 10 to its core. Caroline was the third oldest in a line of eight kids. She was adopted by the Hoch family on December 20, 1989 - their very own Christmas baby said her parents.

Caroline recently graduated from Lewis and Clark High School and wanted to own her own bakery. Caroline's parents say her love of life and people beamed from her finger-tips and thinking about her beautiful smile brings tears to their eyes.

"One of the things that has come across so consistently in everyone's condolences is her smile," said her father Brian. "Her engaging smile, she was so friendly and so loved."

They say it's hard not to think about the 'what-ifs' in the collision. Instead, they try to take comfort in knowing that she went home and someday they'll see her again.

"I think she went home right away," said Holly. "I don't think she knew what happened and I feel bad for other family too. It's a tragedy for them too, it's not his fault, it's just a terrible tragedy."

The Hoch family says they've already tried reaching out to Kenneth Danel's family, as he too was lost.

Caroline's family says that because she was so young and healthy, they were able to keep her on life support for two days after the accident to donate her organs. So far, they say Caroline has saved five lives that they know of.

Caroline's memorial service was held Thursday afternoon at Christ the Redeemer Church. The family says they've been inundated with love and support and want to thank everyone in the community for their condolences.

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