Family grieves mother killed in crash, children hurt

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A woman is dead and her oldest child is fighting for survival after a horrific crash in Kentucky. Now, their family is searching for hope and help.

The fun-loving mother of three took a trip south Friday with her three sons and a neighbor's child along for the ride. Family members said that Andretta Dear was going to visit her husband, who is in the military, when her vehicle went off course on Western Kentucky Parkway in Muhlenberg County, Ky.

"Her tire busted, and it flipped the car over several times, and it ejected three of them from the car," said the woman's stepmother, Delores Benton.

Dear lost her life instantly. Relatives said the neighbor's child ended up getting stitches to the face.

Two of Dear's boys, Antonio, 8, and Mason, 5, are recovering at home with broken bones. Her oldest child, Anthony, 11, is at Vanderbilt Hospital in critical condition. Loved ones said his pain is not only physical -- it's also emotional, knowing that his mother did not make it.

"When they told him, he said he would rather die now because he wants to be with his mom," Benton said.

Anthony has a long way to go. His family said that one seven-hour surgery is done, but he's facing another and may have lost an eye. Relatives are fighting to give the boys strength while they try to come to grips with their own grief.

"Been crying every night, waking up in the middle of the night crying for her," Benton said. "She had a heart of gold. She wore her heart on her sleeve. She would give you anything you needed or wanted."

Only time will tell what's next for the family. Right now, they're looking for community support.

They said they are struggling financially with funeral costs and medical expenses. There is now a donation fund open at Fifth Third Bank. Anyone who would like to make a donation can visit any of the bank's locations. The account is under Delores Benton.

The family is hoping to have Anthony transferred to a hospital in Cincinnati so he can be closer to home.

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