ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. – Nearly two months after a tragic accident ultimately claimed the lives of his newborn child and wife, Casey Riggans speaks out.
“I remember telling her she was going to wait and go into labor when the storm hit — and she did,” said Casey.
The couple left their home shortly before 10 p.m. on Sept. 2nd.
Casey says while driving on Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road the road seemed to vanish as the storm blew through.
“If we could make it to the crossroads, I was going to stop and call the ambulance,” said Casey. “It was raining that hard.”
Unfortunately — before they were able to make it — the couple’s car hydroplaned, went off the side of the road and struck a tree.
When paramedics arrived his wife was unconscious. She was transported to Alamance Regional Medical Center to deliver their son. Brian was taken to UNC Hospital with injuries to his back and face.
Doctors were able to deliver little Will, but shortly after giving birth, Megan died from her injuries.
Will was transported to Chapel Hill where he was kept alive on a ventilator. Before he died, doctors were able to keep the newborn on life support long enough so that his organs could be donated to other children in need of a transplant.
“Like my mom always told me… you will never love anything more than your kids. I knew my son for 9 days and the love was there,” said Casey.
The couple was married for five months. Casey remembers what made him fall for Megan.
“Her personality, her views were about the same as mine and her killer smile,” said Casey.
Casey misses the little things the most.
“Holding her at night, going to sleep — I’m used to throwing my arm around her,” said the husband.
Casey always wears a necklace with Megan’s ring fingerprint and Will’s fingerprint on it. His wounds and heart are still healing but he knows he’s not going through this alone.
“I know she’s still watching over me, somebody has to. I still see her. I feel her presence,” said Casey.