Car Crash Took Lives of US Army Major & 2 of His Children While Spouse & Infant Flew on a Plane

Kareena Koirala
Jun 02, 2019
07:34 A.M.
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The 36-year-old military man was heading to his new home along with his three children when his vehicle crashed into a tow truck in Kentucky.


Investigators from Kentucky State Police confirmed that the Army Major, Augustin M. Gonzalez, died along with his two children, 6-year-old Noelle, and 2-year-old Gwendolyn.

Augustin was pronounced dead at the scene, whereas Noelle was taken to Caverna Memorial Hospital, and Gwendolyn was flown to Norton’s Hospital. But they both did not survive their injuries.


8-year-old Nicholas Gonzalez, the oldest child on the vehicle, a 2013 Dodge Caravan, survived with minor injuries after being hospitalized at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

During the crash, Augustin’s wife, Melissa, and his newborn child, Gabriel, were on a flight headed to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to meet him.


Augustin had just completed his graduation and was driving to Colorado to report to his new station.

“An uninvolved non-injury collision had occurred ahead, and the operator of a 2018 International tow truck owned by Crossroads Towing, equipped with yellow caution emergency lights, had stopped partially in the left lane to assist the involved occupant,” authorities confirmed.


According to a GoFundMe page created for the bereaved family, Augustin was lived in Cary, North Carolina, where he completed his Masters in Public Policy at Duke University. 

Meanwhile, Melissa was a second-grade teacher at Horton’s Creek Elementary. She recently left her work following Gabriel’s birth.


The tragedy struck sometime before 8 pm when the Kentucky State Police received a call about the horrible crash.

WKYT reported on May 26 that a tow truck had stopped in the lanes to help a driver involved in another crash when Augustin’s vehicle struck the rear of the truck.


Investigators confirmed that the military man failed to see the truck that was stopped partially in the left lane.

The driver of the truck was reported as being safe since he was not inside the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Only a few months back, another tragic car crash also claimed the lives of two children, a 23-month-old toddler, and a 10-year-old boy.

The unthinkable occurred when a blue Audi slammed into a BMW being driven by the mother of the two children.