Mother of three killed on Central Expressway

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by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on September 4, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 4 at 11:21 PM

DALLAS - A single mother in a stalled car, trying to get off Central Expressway to safety, was killed on Saturday, leaving three children behind.

Her family is devastated and furious, especially since the other driver has not been arrested.

Latonia Lyons was killed shortly before sunrise, after police say her car broke down in the northbound lanes of Central Expressway, near Yale.

The 36-year-old mother of three was on her way to work as a nurse's aid.

She got the car over to the right shoulder but officers say part of it was still in the right lane.

A 2007 Porshe plowed into her parked car, hitting the Taurus with such force, it flipped several times, stopping 60 feet away.

In the report, police say Lyons' blinkers were on, and her car could be seen from over 900 feet away.

"A hard working woman on her way to work, 6 o'clock in the morning, her car breaking down and someone just run over her. I mean he flipped her three times, he had to be going fast," said the victim's sister, Veronica Lyons.

"I am so angry... I am not even going to lie," she added.

"It's hard for me right now, and I'm angry," said her mother, Sandra Lyons.

Yet the 30-year-old driver, whom police are not identifying, was treated at the scene and released.

Police are calling the case negligent homicide but say the other driver was not doing anything criminal.

Still, the case will be referred to a grand jury.

E-mail: jbetz@wfaa.com

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