Family of Thomson crash victims remembers the Dinger children, thanks community

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Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
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Bryson, Bella, and Boystn Dinger were all killed in the crash. Their mother, Tasha Daniel, remains hospitalized. (Source: Dinger Family)

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Family members flew in from Texas to be with Tasha Daniel as she continues her road to recovery following Thursday's accident that took the lives of Bella, Bryson and Boston Dinger.

"They were just precious. They loved life," said Glenda Smith, Tasha's mother. "They loved their community. They loved their family. They were unselfish."

She said she has a hard time thinking about the moment she got a call from her son-in-law Justin saying her daughter and grandchildren had been in an accident.

"I just started going through everything in my head," she recalls. "How serious is this? How bad is this?"

It's a moment no parent wants to live either. Danny Dinger, the children's father, was miles away in Hilton Head when he got a phone call from a friend in McDuffie County.

"He just said that my kids' mama and my kids had been in a wreck," he said.

His heart sank when he found out Bella and Bostyn didn't make it. He said he was on the way to the hospital, but had to pull over halfway after he started to panic.

"My girlfriend Fran actually came all the way from North Augusta and brought me [to the hospital]," he said.

He immediately went to AUMC to see Bryson.

"There was so much damage," he said. "I would have to make the choice to let him go be with his brother and sister."

Danny calls Bryson his mini me, Bostyn his humble baby and Bella his little princess. He said they always looked to put others first, and that's the legacy they leave behind.

"They never really asked for much," he said. "If they could give to other children, they would do it."

That legacy of giving continued even after Bryson passed. The doctors were able to save his kidneys, and Danny decided to donate them.

"When I made that decision, I knew that Bryson would want to do that," he said.

Bryson is one of the few organ donors in Georgia under 17. At AUMC, Glenda said they had a "Hero Walk" for Bryson.

"Nurses, staff, anybody that can get together, line the halls," she said. "They push the bed down the hall, and they stand there in honor."

She said even though her grandson was gone, a little part of him was still around.

"Just to look at him and just to know that my baby, a little piece of him is still living, it's overwhelming, but it was so amazing," she said.

Tasha's cousin, Clint Smith, was also there for the Hero Walk. He has known Tasha his whole life, but really got to know her better when she became a mother.

"You don't really know anybody until they become a parent," he said. "When Tasha became a parent, we really found out about who she really was."

He said her relationships with God and her kids were stronger than anything.

"Her relationship with her children...she just...she was a good mother," he said. "You won't find much better."

The family is very faithful, and they said they've used that to help get through this tragedy.

"They were never ours. They were always the Lord's," said their cousin, Mackenzie Smith. "And they were just here to guide us through our lives."

The family said they're extremely grateful for all of the support from the community.

"Seeing the love that Thomson, and Georgia itself, has spread throughout this situation, it really gets in my heart," said Danny.

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Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Family and friends from Texas say they have arrived in Augusta this morning to be by Tasha Daniel's side as she potentially wakes up for the first time after the car accident that took the life of her three children.

Daniel is recovering at Doctor's Hospital. Family tells us that she was sedated, but this morning, doctors took her off medication and hope she will wake up soon.

She suffered broken bones, a brain bleed and underwent emergency surgery Friday morning. Family tells us surgery was successful and that she also had a CT scan which showed no sign of brain damage.

Two of her children, Bella Dinger, 12, and Bostyn Dinger, 14, were ejected from the family’s car and died at the scene.

Bryson Dinger, who turned 16 on Thursday, and was driving the car, died early Friday morning.

According to Tasha's first cousin, Clint Smith, Bryson Dinger’s organs were donated, making him one of just a few organ donors younger than 17 this year in Georgia.

He tells us dozens of nurses and doctors at MCG lined the hallways for an organ walk in honor of the 16-year-old boy.

Hear the full story tonight on News 12 at 11:00pm.

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