'We are at peace': Sheriff Lamb announces death of late son's fiancee days after horrific car crash
PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA: Caroline Patten, who was injured in the horrific crash that killed her fiancée, Cooper Lamb, and their one-year-old daughter, Elaine on December 17 in Gilbert, has died. Lamb's father, Sheriff Lamb, shared the tragic news on Facebook on Friday, December 24. The Toyota Corolla, which Caroline drove was carrying Lamb and the infant and reportedly turned in front of a pickup truck driver, who collided with the Corolla near the intersection of Elliot Road and Cole Drive.
The 21-year-old truck driver, Brian Torres, was arrested at the crash scene where he was found uninjured. Apparently, investigators were still waiting for Torres’ BAC lab analysis results, as per the report in Az Family.
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"Thank you everybody for the amazing support, the love, and the prayers! We feel so blessed as a Family! Please keep Caroline’s Family in your prayers as Caroline passed last night and is in Heaven with Cooper and our sweet Elaine," Sherif Lamb announced on Facebook alongside posted a video saying, "We want to let you know we are at peace," as they wished Merry Christmas to all.
With the announcement, condolences and outpouring of sympathy for the trio who tragically died in the fatal crash are pouring in on social media, and on the online obituary, memorial tribute wall set by the family.
"My heart goes out to you my dear girl. You were taken from this world way too soon unable to live your life with Cooper and Elaine and raise your daughter together. May you rest in peace with Cooper and Elaine beside you. The three of you are now angels and are together for eternity," Marianne Spinnato wrote. "I met this sweet girl in elementary school. She was the absolute sweetest and we would go and play at the park and tumble together. Condolence to the Patten family as well to the Lamb family," Courtney Choate shared in her tribute. "While I never met Caroline personally the love that has been seen for her mother Sherri and baby girl Elaine are more than words can describe. May you rest in God's hands and know you are loved," A Rodgers wrote. "We are so very sorry for the loss of this beautiful family, daughter, son, and granddaughter. Our hearts break for you. May you find comfort in knowing that you will see them again," wrote Tabatha Hall.
Last night, Sheriff Lamb lost his son, Cooper Lamb, along with his one-year-old granddaughter in a crash in Gilbert. Cooper and his daughter were passengers in the vehicle. Cooper’s fiancé and mother of the child was also seriously injured. She remains in critical condition. pic.twitter.com/OrhRbSvQTu— Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (@PinalCSO) December 17, 2022
The Sheriff announced that there will be visitations on the 29th followed by a funeral on December, 30. "OMG, the strength you show is a testament to your Faith. God bless you all I am so sorry for your loss- incomprehensible," one Facebook user commented on his video post. "Terribly sad for the loss of these 3 precious lives although they are reunited in heaven and with their Savior. I offer condolences, prayers, and comfort to see you through this Christmas season. I am so glad your faith is strong, that lifts a bit of the huge burden of loss," wrote another. There has been a strong outpouring of support for the family on the internet as well with scores of people offering condolences. Moreover, a growing memorial was also set up at the crash site to remember the father and daughter duo as per KOLD.