HARRISON COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) – As the staff at Ryan’s Steakhouse prepares for their dinner rush, their minds are on their jobs but their hearts are with their co-worker.
They’ve been covering shifts for Kayla Yeager since last Thursday when a car crash killed one of her daughters and left the other in critical condition.
Investigators still haven’t said what led Tory Krueger to lose control of his Nissan and veer across the interstate slamming into the SUV carrying Yeager, her mother and little girls.
Krueger died at the scene as did two-year-old Merissa Summers with blunt force trauma to her chest.
Her 11-month-old little sister Brynnley is critically injured.
“To hear about Merissa, it broke my heart because I bought the girls just last week Christmas presents,” Yeager’s cousin Annette Wright said.
Co-workers say they try to support the young mother but it’s hard to know what to say in the face of just about the most heartbreaking situation imaginable.
The community is providing more than just a shoulder to cry on as businesses and first responders pitch in with fundraisers for Yeager and her daughter’s throughout the week.
Thursday’s scheduled event at Ryan’s from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. will offer pictures with Santa for a donation. They are asking everyone to bring their own camera.
This Saturday, police and firefighters will be setting up a roadblock near the Corydon, Indiana WalMart accepting donations for Yeager’s family.
Donations for the family are also being accepted through First Harrison Bank as the “Kayla Yeager Benefit Fund.”