Driver in crash that killed 3 Terrell girls speaks out



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Posted on December 8, 2009 at 12:07 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 9 at 1:04 AM

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TERRELL — The driver of the vehicle that slammed into three Terrell girls spoke out Monday.

"I don't know what to say," said Jacqueline Garner, 58. "It was a tragedy. It's terrible. This is something I have to live with and try to work through."

The accident happened Friday evening as the three girls — ages 12, 14 and 16 — tried to walk across State Highway 34. Killed in the accident were Viridiana Roa, Ana Segura, and her sister Jacqueline.

Terrell Police said they don't plan to charge Garner.

"I have cried as many tears for my mother who passed away 23 years ago as I have cried for these children," Garner said.

Monday night, Viridiana's stepfather said it's too early to assign blame.

"I wasn't there," he said. "I don't want to blame anybody. I just want to wait until they find out what happened."

While the Texas Department of Transportation and the city have discussed lighting the new highway, the road remains dark at night.

Friends have collected $1,500 to help bury their friends.

Viridiana's visitation will take place Tuesday afternoon and the funeral is Thursday. No information has been received yet on the Segura girls' arrangements.

Neither TxDOT nor the city of Terrell will say when they plan to put up lights along the new stretch of Highway 34, if at all.