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'Bridgerton' author mourns father, sister killed in Utah crash

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Posted at 1:32 PM, Jul 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-08 15:32:57-04

KAYSVILLE, Utah — The author of the famed "Bridgerton" series says her father and sister were the two people killed in a Kaysville highway accident last month involving a drunk driver and a truck that lost an unsecured load.

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In a post to Facebook on Wednesday, Julia Quinn mourned the loss of her father, Steve Cotler, and sister, Violet Charles.

"I have lost my father, and I don't have my sister with whom to grieve," wrote Quinn.

On June 29, a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 15 began when canvas bags fell from a catering company truck, causing vehicles behind to stop or slow. Soon after, a truck driven by Myron Millsap Barlow slammed into the cars ahead, including the Prius in which Cotler and Charles were in.

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Barlow was charged with multiple counts of DUI and automobile homicide after registering a blood alcohol level almost three times the legal limit.

Cotler was also a writer, having created the popular "Cheesie Mack" book series aimed at middle school readers. Charles, whose service dog, Michelle, was also killed in the accident, was a cartoonist who Quinn wrote had just completed a graphic novel that was to be dedicated to their father.