A mother and son from the metro-east were listed in good condition Saturday, according to a family friend, after a car crash in Indiana killed the other two children in the car.
Dr. Christina Bereda, 33, and Jorden Bereda, 3, were taken to a hospital after a semitrailer hit the van from behind when slowing for a construction zone near Terre Haute, Ind. One-year-old Finley Bereda and 5-year-old Brennen Bereda were killed in the crash.
Angela Bosjolie Betz, who started a crowdfunding donation page for the Beredas, said Jorden Bereda has been moved from a pediatric intensive care unit to a regular bed. Betz is Christina Bereda’s best friend from medical school, she said.
“Tina is such an amazing, strong person,” Betz said. “She and Dave need all the support they can get at this time.”
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The donation page, which originally had a goal of raising $40,000, had been shared more than 30,000 times and had raised just less than $75,000 as of Saturday afternoon.
“Their loss is so profound; this is every parent’s worst nightmare,” Betz added.
Christina Bereda is a doctor and the medical director at Express Medical Care in Fairview Heights. Her husband and the children’s father is Dr. David Bereda, who works at Scott Air Force Base.
The running group Mama Docs Run This, of which Christina Bereda is a member, has also organized another charity page called Run for Bereda. The page encourages people, runners or not, to sign up for a virtual 5K or 10K run for $30 or $50, respectively. According to the donation page, the Beredas are passionate runners.
“By registering to run the race, you will be signing up to do this distance on your own time, whenever and however you choose,” the page said. “But you don’t have to be a runner to help. You don’t even have to run — walking will also show them the love we wish to convey.”
All proceeds will go to the family.
Betz said the Bereda family has received overwhelming support from the community.
“They will remember the massive support from so many strangers, and that will lift them up when they need it most,” Betz said.
The semitrailer that hit the Beredas’ van from behind was driven by 62-year-old Amritpal Singh, of Quebec, Canada, police say.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts said their investigation into the accident was ongoing. But Watts said it appeared from the crash site that Singh failed to stop or slow down appropriately.