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Mourning mother prepares to bury beloved son and husband

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ALPINE (CBS 8) - The Alpine mother and wife who lost both her son and her husband in two separate car crashes only hour apart says "it is too much pain" for her to bear.

"I don't have nothing," Natalia Sambhi told News 8, after a memorial service Friday afternoon for her son, Dev. "My two loves, that is what I had, and I don't have them no more. My two loves, Sunil and Dev."

While Natalia is now recovering from the rollover accident that killed her only child, she said she is finding strength in her family and community to lay both her husband and son to rest.

"It's very hard," she said. "I lose my son and my husband in one day."

Natalia had been driving her only child, 16-year-old Dev Sambhi to Granite Hills High School the morning of November 10th, when she suffered a blown tire and lost control on westbound I-8, rolling over on to Old Highway 80.

"I asked, please help my son! Please!" Medics rushed Natalia to the hospital, where she desperately asked to see her son.

Her husband of 19 years, Sunil Sambhi, broke the news.

"He came inside and said, 'I can't see Dev. Why? He told me, 'Because our son died.' I said, no, it's not true!"

Natalia said her husband, sitting at her hospital bedside, was overcome with grief at the loss of his son.

"He gave me a kiss," she said. "He say, 'I will go see Dev.' And he left, and he don't come back."

The distraught and despondent 48-year-old father then left the hospital and, driving erratically the wrong way down I-8, in an apparent suicide, slammed into an oncoming vehicle.

A tragic act his wife says demonstrates his overwhelming love for his son.

"They are together in heaven," she said. "I think they are very happy over there."

The father and son in the car that Sunil Sambhi collided with were treated for moderate injuries and released from the hospital that same night.

Funeral services for both Dev and Sunil Sambhi will be held Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1pm at Greenwood Memorial Park. It is open to the public.

A memorial fund has been set up for the Sambhi family. Donations are being accepted at the Chase Bank on Tavern Road in Alpine in the name of Dev Sambhi.

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