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Published July 08, 2012, 09:53 PM

Family mourns loved ones lost in fatal crash

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- How do you put into words what you're feeling when three of the people you love most in this world are taken from you in an instant?

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- How do you put into words what you're feeling when three of the people you love most in this world are taken from you in an instant?

The family of the victims of a fatal crash near Jamestown are dealing with so many emotions right now, from grief and sadness to anger.

It is a parents worst nightmare, but is now reality for one father. It was late Friday night when Lynn Mickelson heard the knock on his door.

Lynn Mickelson - Allison's Father: "When two troopers show up to the door I know, uh oh, I know something is bad."

His 36 year-old daughter Allison Deutscher, her 34 year-old husband Aaron, and their 18 month-old daughter Brielle were killed by a drunk driver on I94 just west of Jamestown. Lynn describes his daughter as energetic, full of life. As for his blue eyed granddaughter...

Lynn Mickelson: "Brielle was here in our living room, in there playing with her toys, climbing in her box, playing with toys. It was such a wonderful, wonderful thing to see."

The story gets even more sad. Lynn says the accident didn't just take 4 lives, but 5.

Lynn Mickelson: "She was going to have another baby. The other baby was expected approximately around Christmas time of this year."

Allison's brother Eric is being comforted by friends and family who without, he says he wouldn't make it.

Eric Mickelson - Allison's Brother: "Praying to God, I mean it's uh, that's it. It's friends and family."

He lost his best friend, but says it's the loss of an entire family that's hard.

Eric Mickelson: "Not only did I lose a sister, I lost a brother in Law, and a niece, and either a niece or a nephew."

The one glitter of hope, or shining star, as Lynn calls it, with all of the sadness. Both Allison and Brielle were organ donors, giving the gift of sight.

Lynn Mickelson: "Today those eyes are some place else, looking at somebody. Somebody got some good out of this tragedy."

This tragedy has Lynn urging all parents to hug their children, and tell them how much they're loved.

Lynn Mickelson: "I won't get that chance again, with any of these I wont get that chance. I wish I could have held Brielle just one more time, and Allie too."

The biggest thing this mourning father wants to tell people is that one bad decision to get behind the wheel can lead to a lifetime of hurt.

Lynn Mickelson: "You look at that picture, and you want to look at that and see if you want to snuff out that life, just because you want a couple of beers - see if it's really worth it."

Both families are making funeral arrangements.

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