(left to right) Justin Poole, Chelsea Poole, Maddox Poole, Nikki Poole and two photos of Michaela Buckholt

Photo: GoFundMe

EASTON - A Yakima family has been the focal point for thousands of people in the region after three people died in a head on wreck with a semi on I-90 near the Snoqualmie summit on Thursday. 

Three people in the Poole family car, 40-year-old Yakima resident Justin L. Poole his cousin, 27-year-old Yakima resident Michaela L. Buckholt and Justin's 10-year-old daughter Chelsea, were killed in the wreck. Justin's wife, 36-year-old Nikki Poole and their 6-year-old son Maddox were injured and taken to regional hospitals. According to a GoFundMe account, Maddox had to be intubated and received brain surgery on Friday morning. 

"Nikki and Maddox have a very long road to recovery. They are both going to need a lot of medical care, rehabilitation and therapy. They've been through everyone's worst nightmare," a closed friend of the family wrote on a GoFundMe page to benefit the Nikki and Maddox. 

Poole family friend JoeyLynne Perry spoke highly of the couple: 

"They're both some of the kindest, most caring people you could ever meet. They were a perfect family of four...,wrote.

JoeyLynne says she used to be neighbor of the Poole family growing up and went to school with them. 

"My heart is broken over this loss & crushed imagining the kind of pain Nikki is enduring right now. Justin was a kind, funny man who deeply loved his family. Chelsea was a beautiful, sweet little girl full of life & they will be missed beyond compare along with Michaela," Perry wrote. 

The GoFundMe that's been established for the family has raised over $30,000, but more is apparently needed. To donate to the Poole family's GoFundMe page, click here