There’s good news for the small town of Sorrento, which was devastated earlier this month when a car crash killed three of five community family members travelling together.
The family’s mother, 42-year-old Patty Janzen, is out of her medically induced coma and may be home from Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital this weekend.
Janzen and her 16-year-old son Cody survived the June 10 crash, which killed Janzen’s 19-year-old daughter Alli, her 13-year-old daughter Cassidy and her 47-year-old husband Doug.
Cody is currently in Saskatoon with his mother, who is reportedly walking and healing more quickly than anticipated, according to close family friend Dean Seaman.
Doug Janzen was driving the family’s four-door sedan on Highway 7 near Rosetown, Sask., that rainy day on the return trip home from a family wedding in Saskatchewan.
While passing a semi-trailer truck, the family’s vehicle collided head-on with an oncoming SUV.
The SUV’s driver, 30-year-old Ryan Bridger of Plato, Sask., died of his injuries three days later. The SUV’s 56-year-old male passenger survived.
The wet conditions led police to suspect the truck’s spray may have limited Janzen’s visibility as he passed the rig.
A memorial service is tentatively set for Saturday, June 30, according to Seaman. Plans will be confirmed when Patty Janzen arrives home.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
An RCMP collision re-constructionist report could be another few months away, said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Rob King.