Woman killed in Renton crash remembered as loving mother, educator

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By journalsofus.com


A 38-year-old woman murdered in a fatal collision near Renton This week, which also claimed the lives of three children, she is remembered as a kind and loving mother.

Andrea Hudson died in a crash Tuesday afternoon along with three children of close friends: Matilda Wilcoxson, 13, Eloise Wilcoxson, 12, and Boyd Buster Brown, 12, who were passengers in her car. Two of Hudson’s children were injured and He remained hospitalized Thursday night.

Hudson organized and led a homeschool group, according to her sister-in-law, Chelsea Hudson.

Chelsea, 35, described Andrea as someone who “radiated kindness” and an incredible mother.

“Every time I was around her, it was like I was taking notes on how I could be a better person,” Chelsea said Thursday. “She was a wonderful person. A friend to everyone, kind to everyone. I don’t think I ever heard her say a bad word about anyone.”

Andrea and her husband, Abe. Hudson, they were high school sweethearts. They met as teenagers at University Place and married in 2006. They have three children: Nolan, 14, Charlotte, 12, and Jude, 8.

Nolan and Charlotte, who were in the car Tuesday, remain at Harborview Medical Center. nolan though is older, the family often calls the duo twins because they look so alike, Chelsea said. Her father has been going between his beds in the hospital.

Nolan is awaiting a second surgery and Charlotte has begun to respond to commands, according to Chelsea. the family is accept donations on GoFundMe for the children’s medical bills and Andrea’s funeral.

Chelsea and her husband, Ben Hudson, live in Texas and spend summers with family in Washington every year. They camped, hiked and swam for a week in Port Angeles while the cousins ​​played. Andrea always brought homemade products and “made everything look easy,” Chelsea said. Her children, who are younger than Andrea’s, always admired her older cousins.

“I associate [Andrea] with hiking. I associate it with the beach. I associate it with family gatherings,” Chelsea said through tears. “It’s going to be very difficult to return to Washington and not have her there. To me, she is Washington.”

Loving older sisters and avid violinist.

Sisters Matilda and Eloise Wilcoxson, aged 13 and 12, were remembered in a GoFundMe Post as a “true light” to everyone around them and as loving older sisters to their four younger brothers.

“His love for others radiated through his kind words and actions of service and his infectious smiles,” the post reads.

Boyd Buster Brown, 12, was an avid violinist, athlete and one of “the most energetic, fun-loving human beings you will ever meet,” his uncle wrote in a GoFundMe Post.

“His passion for life, learning and taking on new challenges was infectious to all who were lucky enough to spend time with him,” the post reads. “His family and friends will long mourn the hole his absence will undoubtedly leave in their lives.”

An 18-year-old man has been identified as the driver who caused the crash, the King County Sheriff’s Office said. He is being treated for injuries at Harborview and is expected to face criminal charges.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Eric White said speed may have been a factor. Relatives of the victims have said the driver was going about twice the speed limit; When asked about the driver’s speed Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office said they could not confirm the speeds of any of the vehicles involved, citing an ongoing investigation.

“It’s a senseless tragedy,” Chelsea said. “I hope and believe that what people will learn from her is just to be kind.”

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