Michigan family reassured by ‘guardian angels’ who showed up after scary early morning car crash

A Michigan family thanks their lucky stars – and a string of lucky coincidences – after their car was totaled early on New Year’s Day.

Nate and Kathleen Ayers of Fruitport Township, Michigan, were driving home with their children Gideon, 3, and Gwen, 11 weeks, from a combo Christmas/New Year’s party around 1:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day when a car skipped into the oncoming lane suddenly the median and slammed into her car.

“We had just left my parents house where we were celebrating Christmas and New Years as we couldn’t get together as usual at Christmas because I had COVID,” Nate Ayers told Fox News Digital in an interview.

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“I was the only one who saw (the other car) coming,” he said.

Nate was driving at the time and his wife was on the phone with her brother-in-law, he said.

Ayers' car, pictured above, was destroyed in the accident.

Ayers’ car, pictured above, was destroyed in the accident.
(Nate Ayer)

And although the streets were a bit empty for the early hours, help soon arrived – first in the form of two strangers who happened to be driving by.

“We were at the side of the road and the next thing I know they were right there,” Kathleen Ayers told Michigan’s Fox 17. “All I remember is that she was rocking Gwen while I had Gideon. [She kept] distracted her and answered his questions.”

In addition to the “guardian angel” couple, other members of the Ayers family became aware of the accident thanks to modern technology and could have helped them quickly, said Nate Ayers.

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While Kathleen herself was on the phone with her brother-in-law during the accident, the call was literally cut off.

The crash detection feature on her iPhone immediately alerted her emergency contacts and told them to call 911. And although her brother-in-law wasn’t one of those contacts, he was nearby and on the spot quickly.

The Ayers family survived the crash with bruises and "bad memories," but were helped by two "Guardian Angel" beside the road.

The Ayers family survived the accident with bruises and “bad memories” but were helped by two roadside “guardian angels”.
(Jenna Gee Photography)

“(Kathleen’s brother-in-law) was the first family member to arrive because he could see police turn signals from where he was, and when Kathleen called him back after we hung up on 911, he realized it was us, and that’s why the line went dead,” said Nate Ayers.

His mother came not long after.

“Shortly after, my mom called Karen because she got 911 and wanted to know what was going on – when she heard what happened, she jumped in the car and was there within minutes,” he explained.

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Miraculously, there were no serious injuries in the crash. Initially, the Ayers said they feared the worst after the crash when none of the children cried or made any noise.

“I’ve been in an accident with my own daughter before and I know that inner feeling…”

In another stroke of luck, both children were perfectly fine: Gwen slept through the accident, and Gideon just wanted to know what had happened.

“The kids haven’t shown any signs of physical harm, but our three-year-old Gideon is quite upset that ‘the new car broke’ and keeps asking why it broke,” said Nate Ayers.

Catherine Kloska and David Sumner, pictured here, were among the first to help the Ayers family.

Catherine Kloska and David Sumner, pictured here, were among the first to help the Ayers family.
(fox 17)

In the chaos of the crash, the Ayers didn’t get the names of the first couple who showed up to comfort them. Kathleen took to social media to try to find her.

On January 2, Kathleen Ayers posted a description of the couple to a Facebook group and asked if anyone knew who they were. Within 15 minutes she had her answer: their names were Catherine Kloska and David Sumner.

Both Kloska and Sumner downplayed their actions in comments to Fox 17.

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“I really think it’s something that everyone, I would think most people would stop and help,” Sumner told the outlet.

“It was wonderful getting to know them properly and sitting together and talking not just about that night but about our lives and our families.”

Kloska said she was just trying to help someone in a situation she was familiar with.

“I’ve been in an accident with my own daughter before and I know that inner feeling – you’re scared, you’re shaking, you’re nervous, you’re trying to concentrate and think about things, so if someone could if you could help me, if this situation happened, I will also help someone else,” she said.

Pictured here, 11-week-old Gwen Ayers managed to sleep through the accident and was completely unharmed.

Pictured here, 11-week-old Gwen Ayers managed to sleep through the accident and was completely unharmed.
(Jenna Gee Photography)

“I’ve been in an accident with my own daughter before and I know that inner feeling – you’re scared, you’re shaking, you’re nervous, you’re trying to concentrate and think about things, so if someone could if you could help me, if this situation happened, I will also help someone else,” she said.

In the meantime, the families have met again and want to keep in touch.

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“It was wonderful to really get to know her and to sit and talk not just about that night but about our lives and our families,” Nate Ayers said, noting that they “stayed and talked for quite a while” and that Catherine joined in Gideon played .

“We also want to encourage everyone to hug their loved ones, to tell them how much they care about them and to appreciate the time that can be spent with them – it only takes a split second for tragedy to strike. “

“I’m sure we’ll see each other again — we’ve talked about going out for ice cream in a few months so they can see how big the kids are getting,” he also said.

The Ayers family above left and their car on the right after the early morning accident on New Year's Day.

The Ayers family above left and their car on the right after the early morning accident on New Year’s Day.
(Nate Ayers/Jenna Gee Photography)

Authorities are still unsure why the car that hit the Ayers crossed into their lane. Alcohol was not detected in the driver’s system and is being investigated further, Nate Ayers said.

Ayers went on to say that while there was some apprehension about driving past the scene of the accident, both he and his wife are “healing well” from their bumps and bruises.

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The two have a newfound appreciation for life and their loved ones.

“We also want to encourage everyone to hug their loved ones, tell them how much they mean to you and appreciate the time you can spend with them – it only takes a split second for tragedy to strike,” said Nate Ayers.

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“I know we were incredibly blessed to walk away with nothing but a few cuts, bumps, bruises and bad memories.”

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