Julia Quinn, known best for her best-selling book series Bridgerton, which was turned into a Netflix show, is mourning the loss of her father, Steve Cotler, and sister, Violet Charles.
The author confirmed their tragic deaths in a post on Facebook. She detailed how they were killed on June 29 by a drunk driver who crashed into their car on a highway in Utah.
“I have lost my father and my sister. Because a catering company did not secure their load and canvas bags spilt onto the highway. Because a pick-up driver thought nothing of driving while his blood alcohol level was nearly 3 times the legal limit,” Quinn, 51, wrote.
“I have lost my father, and I don’t have my sister with whom to grieve. I have lost my sister Violet Charles Comics, with whom I had just finished writing a graphic novel. It was dedicated to our father,” she continued.
Steve was 77 years old while Violet, whose real name was Ariana, was 37.
“It will still be dedicated to our father. It won’t be a surprise anymore, but I’d like to think he suspected we’d do it. He knew us so well. He was our dad,” Quinn concluded.
Violet’s service dog named Michelle was also killed in the crash.
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A press release from the Utah Department of Public Safety explained that the incident took place around 8.30pm, local time.
“A catering company lost their load of canvas bags on to the freeway. Two cars stopped, or nearly stopped for the debris. A green Ford F-250 came upon the stopped traffic and collided into a red Toyota Prius out of California. The Prius then struck a silver Chevy Malibu. Two occupants inside the Prius, an adult male and an adult female, sustained fatal injuries and died on the scene,” it read.
“Another adult male was taken by medical helicopter in critical condition. The driver of F-250 had minor injuries was arrested for DUI. The occupants of the Malibu were transported by ground in serious condition.”
This story originally appeared on Fox News and is republished here with permission.
Originally published as Bridgerton author’s double family tragedy