Parents Stagger Under Grief After Losing 2 Young Sons in Back-to-Back Deaths

William Gage Roberts was 2 years old when he accidentally drowned in a creek less than two months ago. His 6-year-old brother, Ayden James, died in a horrific car crash on Wednesday.

Their parents, Julia and Peter Roberts, have no idea how they will rebuild their lives. They see only the horrible here and now.

“I don’t know what to do from here,” the boys’ stunned mother told Thursday. Her husband is “not handling any of it at all. He’s having a real hard time.”

Peter Roberts was driving Ayden to school Wednesday morning on a two-lane highway in the small Indiana town of Borden when he veered into a roadside ditch, overcompensated and swerved into oncoming traffic, authorities said.

Two vehicles slammed into Roberts’ car, slicing it in half. Ayden was in the back seat. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The father blames himself for Ayden’s death and is wracked by guilt, his wife said.

He suffered a sprained wrist, a sprained ankle and a broken spirit.

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SOURCE: Inside Edition, Deborah Hastings