Texas pastor says his daughter, 17, and wife of 25 years both died after he blacked out from COUGHING while driving, then crashed into guard rail

  • Texas pastor crashes car into guardrail after coughing and ‘blacking out’ while driving
  • Mark McDaniel is now mourning the loss of his 17-year-old daughter and wife of 25 years who died in the crash
  • The pastor is comforted knowing that his daughter Hannah and wife Brandi are in heaven

The wife and daughter of a Texas pastor died after he crashed their car because he was coughing and ‘blacked out’.

Mark McDaniel, 58, is a pastor at New Hope Community Church in Venus, Texas, where he helps parishioners deal with grief and loss.

McDaniel dealt with his own tragic loss last Saturday when he and his wife Brandi McDaniel, 51, were driving their 17-year-old daughter, Hannah McDaniel, home from a Christian Academy basketball game.

McDaniel described the moment he suffered a coughing fit and ended up ‘blacking out’ in the driver’s seat.

He lost control of the vehicle, which was carrying his wife of 25 years and their teenage daughter, and ended up crashing the car into the rails on the road.

Texas pastor's wife and daughter die after he crashes their car as he coughs and 'blacks out'

Texas pastor’s wife and daughter die after he crashes their car as he coughs and ‘blacks out’

Mark McDaniel, 58, is a pastor at New Hope Community Church in Venus, Texas, where he helps parishioners deal with grieving loss

Mark McDaniel, 58, is a pastor at New Hope Community Church in Venus, Texas, where he helps parishioners deal with grieving loss

Last Saturday, McDaniel dealt with his own tragic loss as he drove his 17-year-old daughter Hannah McDaniel (left) home from a Christian Academy basketball game with his wife Brandi McDaniel, 51.

Last Saturday, McDaniel dealt with his own tragic loss as he drove his 17-year-old daughter Hannah McDaniel (left) home from a Christian Academy basketball game with his wife Brandi McDaniel, 51.

“I’m still in shock about it all,” the pastor said WFAA.

“I was driving and I was overcome with coughing and I blacked out and we hit the guard rail,” McDaniel explained.

The guard rail went right through the car and McDaniel saw his daughter’s body first.

‘I asked her to wake up and when she didn’t know, I clearly knew,’ the pastor said – adding that in the moment her ‘heart died’.

Hannah died on impact, while Brandi died later in the ambulance.

The crash happened on the I-20 highway in Howard County at 2:30 p.m., according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“God is there and his love abounds even in tragedy,” McDaniel said.

“My daughter and wife are with the Lord,” he said. “And one day we will be reunited.”

He lost control of his vehicle, which was carrying his wife of 25 years and their teenage daughter, and ended up crashing the car into the rails on the road.

He lost control of his vehicle, which was carrying his wife of 25 years and their teenage daughter, and ended up crashing the car into the rails on the road.

“Without there being Heaven, without there being hope, where would people be,” McDaniel asked

Apparently Hannah loved Taylor Swift, volleyball and Texas A&M - where she had just applied.  Brandewyn 'loved the Lord' and was passionate about her work teaching autistic school children

Apparently Hannah loved Taylor Swift, volleyball and Texas A&M – where she had just applied. Brandewyn ‘loved the Lord’ and was passionate about her work teaching autistic school children

“Well, that’s what I have now,” he said. “Without Heaven, without hope, where would people be?”

Apparently Hannah loved Taylor Swift, volleyball and Texas A&M – where she had just applied.

Brandewyn “loved the Lord,” according to McDaniel, and was passionate about her work teaching autistic schoolchildren.