Hoover family loses two children after 8-year-old and 11-year-old are killed in crash on Hwy 31 in Hoover

Updated: Sep. 12, 2020 at 5:08 PM CDT
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HOOVER, Ala. (WBRC) - A four-vehicle accident on Hwy 31 in Hoover Thursday morning, has claimed the life of an 11-year-old little boy and his 8-year-old sister.

The little girl, 8-year-old Serriss Prude, died the morning of the accident, shortly after arriving at the hospital. Her brother, 11-year-old Emrhye Prude, died Saturday according to the family attorney.

A family friend who organized a gofundme to benefit the family, posted that at 3:06 the children’s mother sent her a text saying “Please tell everyone Emrhye got his angel wings.”

Hoover police and fire responded to the crash around 7:44 a.m. Thursday in front of the Hoover Square shopping center on Highway 31.

The family has asked Birmingham Attorney Courtney French to investigate.

“Please pray for the children and their loved ones during this tough time,” said French. “We are committed to getting answers and providing closure for a family that is grieving the deaths of two children,” he added.

A 1996 GMC C6, heavy duty truck was traveling southbound when it hit a 2010 Honda Fit from behind, that was stopped in traffic. The Honda Fit was then propelled into a 2017 Lexus GX460 that was also stopped in traffic. The Lexus was then propelled into a 2018 Ford F-150 that was also stopped.

The driver of the Ford F-150, a 51-year-old man, was not hurt.

The Lexus was occupied by a 22-year-old man who was transported by ambulance to UAB Medical West in Hoover, with minor injuries.

The Honda Fit was occupied by Serriss Prude, Emrhye Prude, 13-year-old and a 35-year-old woman. The woman was transported by ambulance to UAB Hospital with minor injuries.

The 13-year-old male, front seat passenger was transported by ambulance to Children’s of Alabama, with minor injuries. 11-year-old Emrhye was in the rear passenger seat and was transported by a Hoover Fire Department rescue unit to Children’s of Alabama, with serious injuries. Serriss was in the rear driver seat and was also transported by a Hoover Fire Department rescue unit to Children’s of Alabama where she died shortly after arrival.

The 46-year-old male driver of the GMC truck was uninjured, as was his 38-year-old male passenger.

Hoover Police Traffic investigators are working to reconstruct the accident to determine its cause and any contributing factors.

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