Wife, 10 kids mourn Ind. man killed in crash
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ANDERSON, Ind. - Relatives and friends of a central Indiana man killed in a head-on collision are struggling to console his grieving wife and help care for her 10 children.
Oscar Cardenas, 37, was one of two men killed in the crash early Wednesday as he and three other people were driving to a farm where they worked.
The crash devastated Cardenas' large, close-knit family and left his wife, Amalia, "in a daze," said her sister, Jo Dimas.
"I think she's in a state of shock. ... She's completely lost right now," Dimas told The Herald Bulletin (http://bit.ly/15Jw3DF ).
Dimas said friends and family are helping care for the couple's eight children and her sister's two other children from a previous relationship by making sure they get to school and are properly fed.
Eyewitnesses told police a car being driven erratically by 29-year-old Lukas D. Green of Muncie crashed into a car carrying Cardenas and the three others about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday as they headed to a farm near Marion where they worked as laborers, harvesting tomatoes.
Green's car collided with a car driven by 59-year-old Antonio Perez and carrying Cardenas and the two others, including a 17-year-old boy, the Herald Bulletin reported. Perez also died in the crash along Indiana 9.
Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson said the collision was "a very, very violent crash."
Wednesday's crash also seriously injured Dimas' 35-year-old brother, Daniel, who was riding with Cardenas and the two others.
Daniel Dimas suffered significant head injuries, including a shattered jaw, in the crash, Dimas said.
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