Persoonlijke gegevens Alec Bernard Einhaus
- Hij is geboren op 20 november 1998 in San Jose, California.
- Hij is overleden op 11 augustus 2006 in Winnemucca, Nv, hij was toen 7 jaar oud.
FREMONT The lives and dreams and joys of Amanda Lauren Lew, 9, and her half-brother Alec Bernard Einhaus, 7, who were raised together in Fremont, were extinguished a week ago in a deadly accident as they drove with their mother through Nevada on the way to Utah for a family vacation.
Their little bodies lay side-by-side Wednesday while family, teachers and neighbors stood over their seemingly immense coffin, stricken by the children's early, sudden deaths. "Unfair" was the word echoing through Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels.
"It's such a great loss they were just kids," said an aunt.
A photograph of Amanda's cat, Snow White, stood watch over the Brier Elementary fourth-grader who dreamed of becoming a teacher and who loved fashion, food, ice skating and the color purple.
The brown-haired Alec wore a Cub Scout cap with a Wolf emblem, a scouting distinction he had just earned. The third-grader at Brier Elementary and SpongeBob SquarePants fan wanted to become an astronaut in order to save the world from a meteorite.
On Thursday their father, Steve Einhaus, buried Amanda and Alec, the children he woke for school, read to, fed, taught, loved. "After sacrificing so much, they didn't continue their lives," he said.
Einhaus seemed to gaze into some far-off memory as he pointed to the photographs of his family that lined the chapel's reception room. "This is my life with them," he said.
Such mementos are such small comfort they will never hold his hand the way Einhaus said Amanda did after they rode roller-coasters together all day at an amusement park.
Competing with his grief was a leaden anger at their mother, Amy Hong Ma of San Leandro, who crashed the sport utility vehicle in which the three were traveling.
The family sought to keep her name from the children's obituary, Einhaus said, adding that he had "no idea" where she would be buried. "We don't want her name mentioned. We are so angry because she is the reason they're dead."
It appears, from a preliminary Nevada Highway Patrol report attributing the accident to "driver inattention and excessive speed," that as Ma drove Interstate 80 in Nevada at 80 to 100 mph on Aug. 11, the children wore no seat belts. They were thrown from the SUV as it tumbled numerous times, and were pronounced dead at the scene.
Ma and Einhaus were divorced several years ago; Einhaus raised Amanda and Alec alone until he remarried. He had full custody of the children until six months ago.
As Einhaus recalled allowing Ma to take custody of Amanda, he fidgeted with a "Who Am I" poster Amanda made in second grade "my favorite food: spaghetti, my favorite animal: kitten." Einhaus had second thoughts about the compromise well before Ma and the children set out for Utah and had moved to reverse the decision.
"I try to remember the positive things they are at peace," he said. "They entered into heaven as good people."
Amanda and Alec were buried at the Olivet Cemetery in Colma next to the grave of Amanda's biological father, Vincent Lew. "I raised them all these years," Einhaus said. "Vincent will watch over them from now on."
- Hij is begraven op 16 augustus 2006 in Olivet Cemetery In Colma.
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Amanda Lauren Lew, 9, and Alec Bernard Einhaus, 7 1/2 , entered into heaven August 11, 2006 in Winnemucca, NV. Amanda was born March 10, 1997 in San Francisco and was a girl scout, played softball and attended Brier Elementary School. Alec was born November 20, 1998 in San Jose and was a cub scout with Pack 120 in Fremont, played baseball in FBI League for 2 years, and attended Brier Elementary School. They both were members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fremont. Beloved children of Steve and Thess Einhaus of Fremont, CA. Loving grandchildren of Shui Lin Lew, Bernard and Shirley Einhaus. Also survived by aunts and uncles, Jeanette Wong, Eva Lum, Clifford Lew, Ken Einhaus, Tony and Stephanie DeSantis, Mayling Smithback, and many cousins. Amanda was predeceased by her father, Vincent Lew and Alec was predeceased by grandmother, Nancy Einhaus. Family and friends are invited to attend a Vigil service Wednesday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m. with visitation from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. held at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont; Funeral Mass will be Thursday, August 17th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Burial will follow at Olivet Cemetery in Colma. Donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 520 Sand Hill Rd., Palo Alto, CA.
Published in the ANG Newspapers on 8/16/2006.
The children's father, Steve Einhaus of Fremont, wears two charms imprinted with their fingerprints mementos of Amanda and Alec, who died in an August car crash.
The children, who were not wearing seat belts, were thrown from the speeding vehicle when it overturned and tumbled along a stretch of Interstate 80 in Nevada. The driver, their mother Amy Hong Ma, also was killed.
On Monday the children's family, friends and fellow pupils gathered at Brier Elementary School, which Amanda and Alec attended.
A patch of dirt and weeds was replaced by two white benches and crepe myrtle trees red blossoms for Alec and purple blossoms for Amanda dedicated in their names.
"This will now be a place of warmth, color and serenity," Principal Jan March said.
Every night, Einhaus and his wife light two candles on the porch.
Before blowing them out, Einhaus whispers the words he used to say every night to the children: "Good night. Don't let the bed bugs bite."
But time moves on, and Einhaus will be a father again. His wife, Thess Einhaus, is expecting a boy in April.
The couple found out she was pregnant shortly after the children's death. They decided to make his middle name Alec.
It appears from a Nevada Highway Patrol report that excessive speed and inattention were to blame for the crash that turned the Mercury Mountaineer sport utility vehicle Ma drove into a crumpled heap of metal.
It was early evening on aug. 11 when Ma drifted off the road, according to the highway patrol report. She jerked the steering wheel to the right, so hard that she crossed the opposite lane. When she steered sharply to the left, the vehicle began to spin and skid.
The children were thrown from the SUV while it tumbled down I-80 near Winnemucca. Ma and the children was killed. Ma's husband, Wallace Woo, escaped with minor injuries, the report said. Einhaus said he has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit for negligence in the death of Alec, his biological child, against Ma's estate as well as against Woo. Both wore seat belts, according to the highway patrol report.
Amanda was his adopted daughter.
The sun was just below the western horizon when Amanda, who dreamed of becoming a teacher, was found on the center median, the report said. She had been thrown across the eastbound travel lanes and into a metal reflector post.
Alec, who wanted to be an astronaut, was thrown to the dirt shoulder of the highway, where Einhaus and his wife found the boy's shoe when they visited to put up a roadside memorial. "We were OK until we found that," Einhaus said.
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