Vancouver family torn apart after crash on Highway 26 kills father and son

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Justice Torres (left) and his father, Ignacio Torres, were killed in a hand-on crash on Highway 26 last week. (Family Photos)

A deadly crash on Highway 26 tore the Torres family apart.

Ignacio Torres, 48, was driving his family to the coast for the weekend on Thursday. Oregon State Police said a driver crossed into the westbound lane and crashed into the family head-on.

The 48-year-old father and his 16-year-old son, Justice Torres, were killed in the crash.

The mother, Stacie Torres and 12-year-old son, Lincoln Torres, were taken by Life Flight to the hospital. Stacie Torres's sister said the two are recovering at OHSU.

"You never think (that you're) going to lose half your family unit," said Jazmin Montes, Ignacio Torres's niece.

Ignacio Torres was known to many people as "Nacho." Montes said he was the goofy uncle.

"He was that uncle that was always there for you. If you needed help changing your brakes. If you needed a laugh, he was there," she said.

Torres's sister, Maria Delaluz Torres, said he was the main provider for his family and their aging mother.

"My brother was all about family," Maria Torres said.

Justice Torres was a student at Fort Vancouver High School. His cousins, Jazmin and Vanessa Montes, said he was creative and a talented artist.

"He started drawing and he just got into it," Vanessa Montes said.

Stacie and Ignacio Torres would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year, family told KATU News.

"(Stacie) is still positive," Maria Torres said. "She is still strong. I really admire her strength and courage."

Family members are concerned about rising medical bills and funeral costs. A GoFundMe for the Torres family has been able to raise $10,000.

Maria Torres said her sister-in-law won't be able to work for several months. She said her brother was the family's main provider.

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