Katie and Jacob Evans' premature twin girls weren't expected to survive when they were born at around 2 pounds each less than eight weeks ago. Now they're thriving—but after visiting them in the hospital Friday, their mother is gone. Katie Evans, a 37-year-old mom of six, was almost home in Santa Clarita, Calif., late at night after leaving the hospital when a 21-year-old driver veered into oncoming traffic, crossed a median, and slammed into Evans' vehicle head-on, People reports. "They said her body was thrown from the vehicle," Evans' sister-in-law says. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe the other driver may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time; alcohol containers were found in her vehicle, a sergeant tells the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. Police are awaiting toxicology test results, per KTLA.
"You have dozens of medical professionals who have spent years training, and they've spent months actually working to save two lives that we thought would be lost, and then we have a life we thought we'd have that was lost just because of two bad decisions," her husband, Jacob Evans tells ABC7. "One to go out drinking and the other—worse one—to drive afterward, and obviously it breaks my heart and it's broken six little hearts." The couple's older children, four boys, range in age from 2 to 12, per a YouCaring fundraiser set up for the family; Jacob's brother tells People the oldest has special needs. The twins are expected to go home in four to six weeks, KTLA reports. "Katie couldn't go a day without visiting her brand-new twin girls in the hospital," says the fundraiser page. "She was a devoted mother, sister, and wife and will be immensely missed." (Read more California stories.)