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Michigan Community Left Stunned After Family of 4 Killed While on Vacation

By Zachary Stieber

A Michigan community has been left stunned by the loss of an entire family after they were killed in a car accident while on vacation.

The Toth family resided in Grosse Pointe Park in Michigan. They recently left on vacation to Colorado.

Early Saturday morning the Toths encountered a jackknifed semi-truck, police officers said.

The Colorado State Patrol told The Denver Post that the Toths’ van was traveling on I-76 around 130 miles northeast of Denver when they encountered the truck, and tried to go underneath it in an effort to avoid a crash.

However, the collision ripped the roof off of the van and ultimately left Thomas Toth, 48, and Christina Daskas-Toth, also 48, dead.

Sonja Franchett, principal at Maire Elementary in Grosse Point, told Fox 2 that the crash also left the two Toth children dead. Sophia, 11, and Elianna, 8, attended the school.

Neighbors and family friends said they couldn’t believe the family was gone.


“It’s hard for me to comprehend what’s happened, really. I’m still having a hard time,” family friend George Petrouleas said.

The Detroit News reported that Thomas Toth was a packaging engineer for Chrysler who enjoyed live music. According to his Facebook profile, he was from Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

while Christina Duskas-Toth had recently started her own firm after stints as a Wayne County prosecutor and attorney for Ford. According to Christina’s Facebook profile, she opened the firm, Kirsch Daskas Law Group PLLC, with a partner on March 12.

“She was like a sister, not only to me, but to like everyone,” said Jim Surowiec, who worked with Christina Toth at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. “She was kind. She was smart, unassuming. And such a talented lawyer. She was so gracious and so effective without having to be condescending. Everybody loved her.”

Michael Steinberg, a longtime friend of Thomas, said that he loved to attend concerts across the area.

He also noted that their two children were both adopted.

“It’s numbing. These were beautiful people. This was a beautiful family,” Steinberg said. “You think of four people gone. They wanted to be parents so bad, they just relished their roles.”

 

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