Erbert took to Instagram on Friday, December 23rd, to reveal they were involved in terrifying car accident in the mountains.
The accident occurred on December 12th.
Derek Hough & Haley Erbert Involved In Mountainside Car Accident
“On December 12, Derek and I got into a pretty scary car accident in the mountains. Our accident involved a steep hill, icy roads, a tree, and worst of all, the fear that we would slide off the mountain,” she captioned the video. “Given the circumstances, we have so much to be grateful for. First, that there were no other people involved. Second, the quick response from paramedics. And lastly, that we are both okay and that I only walked away a little banged up, a swollen face, and four stitches above my eyebrow.”
The video begins with a warning message to viewers and cuts to a montage of the wreckage, firetrucks, their battered car and Erbert receiving medical attention for a gash in her head.
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The video continues with home video footage of Erbert after the crash snuggling up on the couch with a bunch of junk food.
Hough asks his future wife, “What do you do after you get into a car accident, you go to the emergency room, get stitches, and there’s nowhere to eat?”
Erbert replied, “So we go to the grocery store and get tons of snacks.
Their snack pile consisted of Twizzlers, Swedish Fish, Tostitos chips, salsa, Whoppers, Hot Tamales, and pepperoni pizza with Ranch dressing.
The professional dancer’s caption concluded, “Now, more than ever, we realize how fragile life is and how important it is to love those around you. We hope that everyone has a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. XO.”
Hough Reveals Haley Didn’t Remember Anything From The Crash
He commented on the post, “The scariest part was that Hayley doesn’t remember anything. She was dazed afterwards, being cheerful saying we should keep going to dinner as blood ran down her face. That really scared me. She came to 20 minutes later when the firemen arrived.”
The timing of the accident and tWitch’s death are extremely chilling.
tWitch took his life sometime between Monday, December 13th and Tuesday, December 14th.
Their Car Accident Was An Omen For What Was To Come…
He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Hough, Erbert and tWitch were close friends due to their careers in dance.
Following his death, Hough issued an emotional message about suicide and suicide prevention.
The Blast reported on the “Dancing with the Stars” professional’s Instagram video.
Hough pleaded with his followers to seek help if they or someone they know is suffering from suicidal thoughts.
Hough Issued A PSA About Suicide & Suicide Prevention
“I found out a man I knew died by suicide on Thanksgiving morning, and it was a complete shock because he was the most positive, just optimistic, beautiful man you could ever imagine, and it was jolting to say the least,” Hough said at the start of the video. “But it was a harsh reminder of this time of year and of depression, of seasonal depression, and just circumstances and the time of year when people feel like it’s too much.”
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Hough originally planned to make the PSA days ago, but couldn’t bring himself to do it at the time.
tWitch’s death really struck a chord in the dancer, and Hough decided to finally sit down and make the video.
“Now I’m learning about our friend Stephen and the fact that he went the exact same way as this man within a few weeks… it’s just heartbreaking, confusing, shocking. There’s so many different feelings and I’m trying to figure it out,” the ‘DWTS’ alum added. “I just want to express and just to say for anybody out there who is feeling these thoughts and these feelings, please, please I beg you — I beg you, give people an opportunity to be there for you.”
Hough continued, “I know it feels like when you’re in that dark hole that it will just not get better, and I’m telling you right now, I promise you it does. It does get better. So if you have those thoughts, if you have those feelings, just know that you’re not alone. And when I say that you’re not alone, I’m saying that people are feeling those feelings right now. They’re having those thoughts, those anxieties right now and that you are not alone. We were not meant to do this alone… We’re not meant to figure this all out by ourselves. We’re meant to figure this out together.”
He captioned the video with the phone number to the National Suicide and Prevention Lifeline: Text 9-8-8 or 1-800- 273- TALK.