NORCROSS, Ga. (CBS46) -- For the past two weeks, Rithy Kim and his wife Rachana Tep have been overwhelmed since losing 40 percent of their family in a devastating car accident.

“I'm sad,” Tep said. “My son passed away. My daughter…”

14-year-old Kristine Kim and eight-year-old Vincent Kim were both killed in a three-car crash on Steve Reynolds Boulevard. Their father said Kristine wanted some fried tofu and they were headed home when tragedy struck.


Police said that’s when 28-year-old Cindy Catalan-Ordonez crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the family's Toyota RAV4 head-on.

“Just the last second, she just turns into my lane,” Kim told CBS46’s Ashley Thompson. “I heard my wife's voice, but I couldn't see or hear any of my kids in the back.”

Kristine and Vincent didn’t survive the crash that left their parents in the hospital for days recovering from their physical injuries. But the physical pain is nothing compared to the mental toll the deadly crash has taken on Rithy and Rachana.

“Vincent was a straight-A student the whole year,” Rithy Kim said. “And he had like five medallions from the principal. And Kristine, she was brave. Helped to take care of stuff around the house, cooked for mom and dad.”

Court records showed Catalan-Ordonez has had at least two DUIs in Gwinnett County and has faced charges for driving on a suspended license several times prior to the deadly accident.

Still, the parents expressed sorrow more than anger.

“No, I’m not angry,” Kim said. “I'm just upset that my kids didn't have any more chance with us.”

The family is raising money for medical and funeral expenses. To donate, visit

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