Community mourns loss of father, daughters in weekend crash - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Community mourns loss of father, daughters in weekend crash

Posted: Updated:
The Baroni family The Baroni family
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A community is still reeling after the loss of a father and his two young daughters, who were killed in a head-on collision early Saturday morning. On Monday we learned that police believe that 27-year-old Ryan Turner, who crashed into Mathew-Michael Baroni's van was drunk.  Turner will be charged with three counts of felony vehicular manslaughter. 

In the meantime, Meghan Baroni, the wife and mother of the people killed, is left grieving the loss of her family.    

"She's gone right now, her heart is broken," says close friend and neighbor Gwen McCartney.  "I don't know if she'll ever be the same."

McCartney says she first met the family 10 years ago when she moved to the neighborhood.  It was before Meghan and Mathew, who went by Michael to his friends, even had children. She remembers when the girls were born and said they were always at her house.  "Ever since they were little they came and picked flowers." 

McCartney recalls Michael as a wonderful human being who was a wonderful father.  She says he and Meghan were very much in love.  "They were a beautiful family." 

"It's a bad loss."

Meghan is a school nurse for Spokane Public Schools.  She rotates between five schools, one of which is Spokane Montessori where her daughters were students.  The school district had grief counselors on hand to help students and staff deal with the loss. 

"It's one of the most tragic things that can happen to anyone is to lose your entire family," says Dr. Wendy Bleeker, Director of Student Services for SPS.  "We're hoping to provide some financial support for her to help them through as well as support with providing meals and some social, emotional support for her."

McCartney says she has all of her prayer groups praying for Meghan is this very dark time.

"I walked in there and Meghan just couldn't speak," says McCartney.  "They brought a lot of goodness here a lot was taken away when they were gone." 

McCartney says she believes he's with the Heavenly father and those girls are happy.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Spokane sex trafficking victim gets second chance as shop owner

    Spokane sex trafficking victim gets second chance as shop owner

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 8:42 PM EDT2018-09-19 00:42:17 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - From the outside, the Repeat Boutique looks like a lot of other thrift shops in Spokane.  Inside, some might describe the stuff for sale as old, used, discarded garbage -- but store manager CJ Curtis sees its potential. And just like the goods in her shop, CJ is on her way to a new life, one far from the one she once lived. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - From the outside, the Repeat Boutique looks like a lot of other thrift shops in Spokane.  Inside, some might describe the stuff for sale as old, used, discarded garbage -- but store manager CJ Curtis sees its potential. And just like the goods in her shop, CJ is on her way to a new life, one far from the one she once lived. 

    >>
  • Police impersonator attempts to pull over Spokane woman

    Police impersonator attempts to pull over Spokane woman

    Monday, September 17 2018 8:45 PM EDT2018-09-18 00:45:37 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - "He told me to pull over, and my jaw just dropped," a Spokane woman, who says a fake police officer tried to pull her over, doesn't want to be named. In fear, this could happen again. "It really scared me and kind of threw me off that night. I don't even want to drive by myself anymore," she said. She tells me that she was driving around North Spokane at night on her way home from work. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - "He told me to pull over, and my jaw just dropped," a Spokane woman, who says a fake police officer tried to pull her over, doesn't want to be named. In fear, this could happen again. "It really scared me and kind of threw me off that night. I don't even want to drive by myself anymore," she said. She tells me that she was driving around North Spokane at night on her way home from work. 

    >>
  • Tennessee boy shoots, kills mom's husband during fight

    Tennessee boy shoots, kills mom's husband during fight

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 10:52 AM EDT2018-09-19 14:52:53 GMT

    Authorities in eastern Tennessee say a 12-year-old boy shot and killed his mother's husband during a domestic dispute.    News outlets report 56-year-old Kevron Thomas "Tommy" Durham was shot twice with a rifle Saturday night. A release from District Attorney General Russell Johnson says authorities had received at least five previous calls from the home for domestic violence, although none resulted in criminal charges. 

    >>

    Authorities in eastern Tennessee say a 12-year-old boy shot and killed his mother's husband during a domestic dispute.    News outlets report 56-year-old Kevron Thomas "Tommy" Durham was shot twice with a rifle Saturday night. A release from District Attorney General Russell Johnson says authorities had received at least five previous calls from the home for domestic violence, although none resulted in criminal charges. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Compost company agrees to $785K settlement in odor lawsuit

    Compost company agrees to $785K settlement in odor lawsuit

    Thursday, September 20 2018 1:25 AM EDT2018-09-20 05:25:55 GMT

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state composting company has agreed to pay more than $785,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit over bad smells from its plant. The Daily Herald reports Cedar Grove Composting agreed to the settlement with Marysville residents, saying it would also spend $1.45 million to reduce the potential for malodorous emissions.    

    >>

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state composting company has agreed to pay more than $785,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit over bad smells from its plant. The Daily Herald reports Cedar Grove Composting agreed to the settlement with Marysville residents, saying it would also spend $1.45 million to reduce the potential for malodorous emissions.    

    >>
  • $46M complex plans to house 94 Seattle families

    $46M complex plans to house 94 Seattle families

    Thursday, September 20 2018 1:09 AM EDT2018-09-20 05:09:22 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) - An eight-story complex primarily funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen plans to house 94 Seattle families. The Seattle Times reports half of the units of the $46 million complex to be built in south Seattle will be reserved for homeless families, with the remaining units reserved for low-income families.    

    >>

    SEATTLE (AP) - An eight-story complex primarily funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen plans to house 94 Seattle families. The Seattle Times reports half of the units of the $46 million complex to be built in south Seattle will be reserved for homeless families, with the remaining units reserved for low-income families.    

    >>
  • Smart won't live in fear after kidnapper release

    Smart won't live in fear after kidnapper release

    Thursday, September 20 2018 12:24 AM EDT2018-09-20 04:24:27 GMT
    Photo: Veneta Rizvic / KOMU / CC BY 2.0Photo: Veneta Rizvic / KOMU / CC BY 2.0

    DRAPER, Utah (AP) - Elizabeth Smart says she's moving forward with her life and trying not to live in fear now that one of her kidnappers has been released from prison.  Smart gave a speech Wednesday at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, telling reporters beforehand that it was "a statement in my moving forward" that she was able to come to the school to speak about sexual violence.

    >>

    DRAPER, Utah (AP) - Elizabeth Smart says she's moving forward with her life and trying not to live in fear now that one of her kidnappers has been released from prison.  Smart gave a speech Wednesday at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, telling reporters beforehand that it was "a statement in my moving forward" that she was able to come to the school to speak about sexual violence.

    >>