On June 2, Ashley Grimm’s worst nightmare became a reality. The 31-year-old mom from Emmett, Idaho was in a horrific car accident with five of her children in the car, and heartbreakingly, her four-year-old son Titus did not survive. This past Friday, Ashley took to Facebook to share her side of the story, and offer up some emotional advice to other mothers.
Ashley starts off by admitting that Titus was not wearing a seatbelt. Titus often unbuckled himself, and despite trying everything she could think of to make him stay buckled in, he always found a way out. “My son was notorious for doing everything he could to unbuckle in the car,” she wrote. “We tried five point harness seats, boosters, I believe even zip ties at one point (probably not safe either) but he always viewed it as a superhero challenge…on average, I would usually pull over three or four times on any given trip to firmly make him buckle up again.”
The night of the car accident, Ashley had checked all of her kids’ seat belts before leaving the gas station, but she hadn’t noticed that once they were on the road, Titus and her eight-year-old son had decided to switch seats, and so, once again, Titus had unbuckled himself. When a large rock rolled into Ashley’s lane she had to make a quick decision: “I had three choices: try to straddle the rock, move to the oncoming lane which was a double line large curve with an angry river at the other side. Rock, head on collision, river. I chose the rock. I chose wrong.” The rock hit their van’s axle, and plunged the vehicle into the side of a cliff. Titus was killed instantly.