A large family was driving through Texas on their way from Arizona to Arkansas when senseless tragedy struck. The family of 12 lost two members -- an 11-year-old girl and a 50-year-old man -- when their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver in Amarillo.
Law enforcement officials said the two were pronounced dead at the scene of the drunk driving accident on Interstate 40.
Three other family members were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
Police said the family was traveling from Mesa, Arizona, to look for a new home in Arkansas when their van was struck from behind by a speeding pick-up truck. The driver of the pick-up, a 19-year-old Texas man was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and intoxication assault with a vehicle.
"Of course he'll go to jail, go to prison, but that doesn't help my family," said a member of the family. "I don't have time to be angry. We've got too much to do. We've got too much healing to do."
The crash was at about 3:30 in the afternoon, police said. The woman at the wheel of the family's van suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash impact knocked the van off of the highway. The vehicle rolled before coming to a stop on the nearby access road.
We hope the family finds a way to heal both physically and emotionally.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a crash caused by a drunk driver, contact an attorney experienced in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.