Heartbroken family of three-month-old boy who died in a tragic car accident that killed his parents and two-year-old brother donate his organs to save the lives of other children

Heartbroken family of three-month-old boy who died in a tragic car accident that killed his parents and two-year-old brother donate his organs to save the lives of other children

  • Three-month-old Kawi Ramos Pinto de Oliveira died on Wednesday after being left in critical condition following a car accident.
  • The child, his two-year-old brother, his mother and his father were injured at a bus stop
  • The grieving family decided to donate the baby’s organs



The family of a three-month-old baby who died in a tragic car accident in San Francisco has decided to donate his organs to help another child.

The child, Kai Ramos Pinto de Oliveira, died on Wednesday after he, his mother, father and 2-year-old brother were struck by an SUV that crashed into the West Portal Muni bus station on Saturday.

It was announced earlier that Diego Cardoso de Oliveira, 40, his wife Matilda Ramos Pinto, 38, and their one-year-old son Joaquin, died following the accident.

Initially, Cauê survived and was placed in the pediatric intensive care unit at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.

Little Kai was a fighter and our hero; The family said that his organs were donated and he will work to save the lives of other children.

The grieving family of three-month-old Kawi Ramos Pinto de Oliveira (left), who died in a car accident on Wednesday, has decided to donate his organs.
The family of four were waiting at the bus stop on their way to the zoo when Mary Phuong Lau, 78, hit them with her Mercedes SUV on Saturday.
Cauê (left) died after his mother, father and brother Joaquin (right) were killed by the driver who hit her car at the West Portal Muni bus station

The family of four were waiting at the bus stop on Saturday while on their way to the zoo when Mary Phuong Lau, 78, hit them with her Mercedes SUV.

Witnesses said that Joaquin flew into the air from the impact of the accident.

Matilda was taken to hospital after the accident, while her husband and young child died at the scene. She died on Sunday in hospital.

Lau was arrested Sunday on suspicion of vehicular homicide, wrong-way driving, driving at an unsafe speed, and reckless driving.

The driver was initially taken to the hospital for injuries and it remains unclear what caused her car to jump the curb and hit a fire hydrant, a pole and the side of the local library.

Some witnesses said that Lau had a medical condition before the accident. Another said that she got out of the car screaming, “What have you done?” The police did not reveal details about the reasons that led to the horrific accident.

Another witness, Nikki Mashburn, told the San Francisco Chronicle that she heard the impact and it sounded like an “explosion.” She added that the victims suffered head injuries.

“When the paramedics showed up, you could tell they didn’t know what to do first,” Mashburn said.

“The stroller was clearly destroyed.” Yes, he was still tied up there, Johanna Dimayuga, an area resident, told CBS News.

The family lived in the Mission District, a neighborhood in the Bay Area, and were planning to spend a day at the zoo together on Diego and Matilda’s wedding anniversary, friends said.

The family referred to the late mother and father as true “life enhancers” who “everyone loved to be around”.

The driver was initially taken to hospital for injuries, and it remains unclear what caused her car to jump the curb, striking a fire hydrant, a pole and the side of the local library.

Diego, Apple’s creative director, was from Brazil, and Matilde was a film and advertising producer from Portugal.

Loved ones have left tributes on the couple’s social media accounts.

“So sorry this happened to you and your family. Rooting for your baby’s health,” read one comment on Diego’s Instagram.

Another said: “My dear, dear Matilda.” I’m very sad. I can’t believe you have been and still are an angel in my life forever. I miss you.’

San Francisco Mayor London Breed previously said on Twitter that she visited the scene on Saturday. She described it as “heartbreaking.”

Since then, the crash site has been covered in stuffed animals, flowers, candles and a stroller with a heart-shaped hole that says: “Remembering the precious lives lost on March 16, 2024.”

Advocates for Walk San Francisco added three pairs of shoes in honor of the mother, father and child who were tragically lost.

The advocacy group said the crash was “the most devastating pedestrian tragedy in our city’s history” and set up a memorial for them Monday at the crash site.

The family lived in the Mission District, a neighborhood in the Bay Area, and planned to spend a day at the zoo together on Diego and Matilda’s wedding anniversary. (Pictured: Matilda and her son J)
The bereaved family paid tribute to the love and support they received in the wake of the tragedy. (Pictured: two-year-old Joachim)
The crash site has since been covered in stuffed animals, flowers, candles and tributes

The bereaved family paid tribute to the love and support they received in the wake of the tragedy.

The victim’s family said in a statement on Thursday: “We loved Diego, Matilda, Joaquim and Kawi dearly and are certain that the love they showed to their family and friends will serve as their legacy.”

The family referred to the late mother and father as true “life enhancers” who “everyone loved to be around”.

“The outpouring of love and grief from around the world, which has touched us so deeply, is a testament to that.”

In the wake of the tragedy, Walk San Francisco and local residents expressed concerns about the intersection of Ulloa Street and West Portal Avenue where the bus station is located.

The group pointed out that around the intersection there are multiple places frequented by families and children, such as the library, schools, and train stations.

“It is time to fundamentally rethink areas like where this accident occurred, where thousands of people walk, cross and wait every day,” said Judy Medeiros, executive director of the advocacy group.

This was the second child to be killed in the city in less than a year, as such fatal incidents have increased and left residents feeling uneasy.

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