Three American tourists TRAGICALLY killed after truck smashed their car during family vacation

75-year-old Mary-Lou Mauch and her son Jared Bastion, 45, who hailed from Illinois, were pronounced dead at the scene when a lorry hit their car

Three American tourists TRAGICALLY killed after truck smashed their car during family vacation
Mary-Lou Mauch, her son Jared Bastion (L), and her daughter Kathryn Bastion-Strong (R) were killed in a car crash on August 10 in Scotland (GoFundMe)
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NEWTONMORE, SCOTLAND: A brother and sister along with their mother tragically lost their lives in a car crash in the Scottish Highlands.

75-year-old Mary-Lou Mauch and her son Jared Bastion, 45, who hailed from Illinois, were pronounced dead at the scene when a lorry hit their car on the A9 at Ralia, south of Newtonmore, on August 10. Mary-Lou's daughter Kathryn Bastion-Strong, 46, was airlifted to Ninewells Hospital in critical condition but succumbed to her injuries three days later on August 13.

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The family's loved ones are heartbroken, saying they are struggling with the "profound, unquenchable loss." Jared and Kathryn, endearingly known as Katie, were both parents to three children and fundraising campaigns have been established to support their respective families here and here. Nearly $75,000 have been raised in total at the time of publication.

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Jared was remembered as a "devoted father" to his three sons. "He was a true friend to many with a kind, generous heart and gentle spirit. He also had a love for music, mushroom hunting, and fine cuisine," a family statement read. "Jared had a lot more life to live and was taken from us far too soon. While all who loved him will feel this significant and profound loss, we hope that this will help ease some of the financial burdens so that his boys and their mother can focus on grieving and healing during this challenging time."

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Katie's aunt flew out to Scotland with her friend Chris, and arrived on the Friday morning, August 12, after the crash. They stood by her until she eventually died at 3.30 pm the following day. The victim's three daughters were looked after at home while Chris arranged proceedings in Scotland. "She leaves a large imprint on this earth as a wife, a mother, friend, colleague, and neighbor," the fundraiser said. "As her loved ones are struggling with angst, grief, and profound, unquenchable loss, we want to do whatever we can. This is one way to support them."

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The driver of the lorry was identified as a 59-year-old man who was unhurt in the crash that took place on Wednesday, August 10. “Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of those who have died at what is a very difficult time for all," Sergeant Alasdair Mackay said. The family is reportedly planning to have funeral services for all three in September.

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MEAWW previously reported how three members of the same family lost their lives in a tragic car accident while on holiday in Italy earlier this month. Britons Antonino Marsala, 40, his wife Raffaella Marsala, 32, and their son Lorenzo, 15, were involved in a road collision in Piedmont, located northwest of the country. The deceased were living in Bedford, England, but were originally from Calamonaci, in the Italian province of Agrigento.

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The accident occurred on the Ivrea-Santhià link road that connects the A4 Turin-Milan motorway with the A5 Turin-Aosta, on the border between the provinces of Biella and Turin. Two cars were involved in the crash, a Toyota Yaris and a Fiat Panda, which ended up on the side of the road. According to Daily Mail, the Marsala family were traveling in the Fiat Panda towards Santhià and all died upon impact. The four passengers in the Toyota Yaris were seriously injured and airlifted to a hospital in Novara.

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