Arlington Mom ‘In Limbo’ After Daughter’s Fatal Crash

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s the hardest walk a mother should ever have to make, but Rosemarie Ruthstrom slowly made her way to her daughter’s memorial Monday evening.

“It’s like a dream you cry and then you stop crying,” Ruthstrom said Monday night. “You are in limbo; you can’t believe this is happening.”

For hours, the Arlington mother couldn’t find her daughter Danielle. Finally, she said she pieced together that the 19-year-old had been in an accident just two blocks from home. Monday afternoon, investigators confirmed her fears.

“I’ve always thought oh my children are going to be safe everything will be fine,” Ruthstrom said. “When you live through it it’s hard to explain what you are going through it really is.”

Danielle and twin brothers Steve and Mike Eckel died after crashing into a tree on Southeast Green Oaks in Arlington early Monday morning.

The brothers were at their best friend’s house hanging out and left and picked up Danielle.

“They had apparently a Budweiser and rum in the trunk. But when they left my house they were fine to drive,” said the friend, Phillip Eagan. “They are too innocent and young for this to happen.”

The impact of the crash was so hard the car was cut in half. Investigators believe speed and alcohol were involved.

“They were just so innocent and good they tried to help they tried to be there for their mom,” says Steve and Mike Eckel’s aunt Jeanie Jones.

The twins loved music and art.

All day, their friends stopped by the house to support the family. A total of five people were in the car. Only two are alive now.

The crash is the 32nd fatal car crash in Arlington. Police say at least half of the crashes are a result of alcohol use.

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  • pablo cervantes

    Truly a sad story. My heart goes out to the families. Teens will never understand they no so little. In their haste to grow up, they are certain they can do anything and yet…too often they are wrong…RIP

  • NiteNurse

    We all were young once. Most of us have done stupid things like this. It’s only by luck that most of us made it out of our teens and young adulthood alive.My heart goes out to their families.

  • Arlington Crash Claims Three Lives | Car Accident Blog || The Rasansky Law Firm

    […] Arlington Crash Claims Three Lives Posted on October 10, 2011 by Rasansky ** UPDATE ** The three young adults who passed away yesterday have been identified as twin brothers Stephen and Michael Eckel and 19-year-old Danielle Ruthstrom. The Eckel brothers had recently celebrated their 21st birthdays. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Eckel and Ruthstrom families. Read more about the brothers and Danielle here and here. […]

  • Dumb

    Does the saying ‘Don’t drink and drive’ have more meaning now?

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