Tallahasee family in need after young father dies in fiery crash
Adam Kulp, 32, was working to support his family by transporting hazardous materials when Troopers say a vehicle pulled out in front of him.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A young Tallahassee father was killed in a fiery crash on Highway 27 in Decatur County last month. Now his family is waiting in limbo to get financial assistance to make ends meet.
A death certificate is needed to file for bereavement support. However, it is held up because the crash was so severe that a DNA test is needed to officially identify his remains.
The accident happened July 11 when a box truck pulled out in front of a gas tanker, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The collision resulted in an explosion and 32-year-old Adam Kulp of Tallahassee, who was behind the wheel of the tanker, was killed.
Kulp was a father of two young children- a 6-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son. His family said he had been supporting them by working as a commercial driver by transporting hazardous materials.
WCTV reporter Michelle Roberts spoke to his family about how they are coping with the unimaginable loss.
“He was a fantastic father and husband, he loved his family, they were the bright spots of his life, everything he did was for them,” said Theresa Freeman, Kulp’s mother-in-law Freeman. “This has left a gaping hole in our lives that will never be filled.”
Freeman said the family is living in a nightmare and that they are struggling emotionally and financially. Her daughter Kristen, who was a stay-at-home mom, is still in shock over the sudden loss of her husband.
“It’s killing us, the babies go to bed at night and they wake up in the morning,” Freeman said.
Freeman said they hold his picture, giving it kisses and saying good night and good morning to daddy.
“When they play with their toys or watch tv, they hold his picture so daddy can watch it with them, it’s heartbreaking,” she said.
A month later - the family is still waiting for test results to identify Adam and a certificate of death. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said those results take time due to the severity of the crash.
“We have an urn, we are holding it until we can get him home - we can’t even bury him, or finish cremation until they are done with all their testing,” Freeman said.
There is a GoFundMe page for the Kulp family - organized by Theresa which has raised more than $9,000 so far. The family will use it for living expenses, funeral costs, and mental health counseling, she said.
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