A Michigan man was killed in a car accident as he followed an ambulance carrying his sister, who had just committed suicide, according to a tragic report.
Brenda Tucker, 21, was at her family-owned bar early Sunday morning in Detroit when she took a gun, walked into a back room, and shot herself.
Her uncle, Eddie Falbo, said that his niece suffered from depression.
“She grabbed a gun, and I took it away from her head,” Falbo said.
“Others were talking to her. I came out the door and heard, 'pop.' It was terrible. There were about eight to 10 people in the bar ... everyone heard it.”
An ambulance took her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Then the story took another unexpected, unbelievably tragic turn for the worst.
As her brother, 20-year-old Ricky Tucker, raced to the hospital to check on her, he was struck by an SUV and killed, police told the Detroit Free Press.
Officials say the younger sibling crossed the center line when his car collided with the SUV. The other driver was treated at the hospital for minor injuries.
“It’s just one disaster after another for this poor family,” said Regina Holman, the bar's owner. “I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like to bury two children.”
Sister Amandajo Holman recalled learning about the crash:
"After the doctors finally told us Brenda was dead, I called down to the bar to see about her cell phone, and that’s when I was told Ricky had been in a car accident."
Holman left the hospital to go to the accident site. “She just called and asked me where I was, and I could tell in her voice that Ricky didn’t make it,” Holman said.
This incident now marks the third death in the family in the past six months alone. Falbo said that Ricky Tucker fatally shot his step-father in self-defense.
“Three people in one family killed in six months,” Falbo said.
“These kids’ mother is going through hell.”