During the Christmas season in 2003, Erin Weaver survived a horrific nightmare that ended in her two young children being killed.
She knew her estranged boyfriend and father of her youngest child, Mark Fregia, was abusive then. In fact, he had been facing a court date for domestic battery. But the Vallejo, California, resident wanted to put aside their differences and give two-year-old Daelen and six-year-old Devlin the opportunity to spend some time with him, so she agreed to let him pick them up to do some holiday shopping. “I thought I was doing the right thing by letting him see them,” she said. But it quickly became apparent that he had other plans.
“He started driving the opposite way of where we were supposed to be going and he wasn’t saying anything. He drove out of the town where we lived. I was trying to wave down other drivers,” she said. That’s when he told her to pick up a soda bottle from beneath her seat. It was filled with gasoline.
After dousing her with the fluid, Fregia set Weaver on fire. “I burst into flames,” she said. “I grabbed the steering wheel and the car crashed. And then I jumped out and stopped, dropped, and rolled.”