How did Farrah Abraham’s daughter Sophia’s dad Derek Underwood die?

Derek Underwood and Teen Mom's Farrah Abraham

On 16 and Pregnant and the first season ofTeen Mom, Farrah Abraham doesn’t reveal much about the father of her daughter, Sophia Abraham. All viewers are told is that Farrah cut him out of her life.

On 16 and Pregnant, Farrah’s mom Debra tells her to block his number to keep him from calling her cell phone. Farrah complies with her mother’s request. Not long after cutting off contact with her baby’s daddy, 18-year-old Derek Underwood died in a car accident.

On December 28, 2008, Derek was driving when he lost control of the car. It skidded and flipped over into a power pole, killing Derek and another passenger, Zachary Mendoza. Both young men were from Council Bluffs, Iowa and were 18 years old at the time of their deaths. Another teenager in the car, Dustin Congdon, survived.

Farrah Abraham and Sophia's father Derek Underwood, who died in a car accident Decemeber 28, 2008

Farrah’s Facebook page shared the photo above and captioned it with: “Derek Underwood – Sophia’s dad R.I.P”

From KETV in Omaha:

Derek Underwood’s sisters told KETV ‘NewsWatch 7 that he was a good athlete and was about to be a father.

“He would always cook for us, and all his friends, whenever they came to the house, he loved to cook, he was going to go to culinary school,” said Kassy Underwood.

“Definitely lived on the edge, but he was responsible, he went to work, came home,” said Alissa Underwood.


Derek Anthony Underwood, age 18, of Council Bluffs, Iowa passed away December 28, 2008, from injuries suffered in a motor-vehicle accident.

Derek was born May 8, 1990, in St. Joseph, Missouri to Stormie Clark and Jerry Underwood. He moved to Council Bluffs in 1999 and graduated from Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson High School in 2008. Derek was a waiter/server at Rick’s Boatyard in Omaha for the past year.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Stormie and Mike Clark of Council Bluffs; father, Jerry Underwood of St. Joe, Missouri; sisters, Alissa and Kassy Underwood both of Council Bluffs; grandmother, Rose Hawkins; great grandmother, Catherine Rice; aunt, Dawn Hawkins; uncles, Rick, Tony and Adam Hawkins all of St. Joe.

Visitation with the family, Tuesday, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home in Council Bluffs. Funeral service, Friday, 1:00 p.m. at the Meierhoffer Funeral Home in St. Joe. Reverend Gene Lee will officiate. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joe.


Zachary Mendoza’s mother Jackie Kennedy was seen on surveillance cameras purchasing a bottle of Skyy vodka found at the scene of the crime, and although it was determined Derek had been drinking, his blood alcohol was below the legal limit. For that reason, Kennedy was only charged with a misdemeanor count of supplying alcohol to a minor.

Farrah remained silent about the existence of Derek during her stints on 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom Season 1, but opened up about him during a filmed therapy session on the third episode of Season 2.

Farrah explained that she was dating Derek when she became pregnant. Farrah’s parents, Debra Danielsen and Michael Abraham, urged her to keep the pregnancy a secret and break up with him. Farrah adds that she wasn’t very happy with Derek either when she decided to cut off contact with him.

When Derek died, Farrah says her parents didn’t want to talk about her feelings and grief, and they seemed to be relieved that “the problem [was] gone.”

UPDATE – According to 38-year-old Jackie Kennedy was sentenced to one year of probation and must pay a $1500 fine. Also, here is another KETV link about the crash.

UPDATE – Farrah and Sophia commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Derek’s passing by visiting Derek’s dad’s family and posting numerous videos and photos. Click the link for a full recap.

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