Grieving mom hopes her tragic loss prevents other towing accidents

KARE 11, by Brad HuppertMay 24, 2013

KARE 11, by Brad Huppert

"This should never have happened"

Kristie Cox made French toast for breakfast on a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. She kissed goodbye her husband Jeremy and two children as they headed for the library. A couple hours later, life would end as she knew it.

Jeremy and 3-year-old Isabel were killed when an empty flatbed trailer unhitched from an oncoming pickup, crossed the center line and plowed hitch-first through the windshield of the Cox's Honda CRV.

A state patrol investigation revealed that a clip was missing from the bottom of a hitch pin, allowing the trailer to break free before it slammed into the Cox's SUV. Further evidence showed one of the trailer's two safety chains was also missing.

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