DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As traffic rushed by Sunday, friends gathered on a Dallas street corner to pray and mourn the loss of 24-year-old Kina Williams and her 2 year old daughter Karmen, who were killed in a car accident Saturday.
“It’s hard. It is hard to be out here. And, I almost cried when I was giving the prayer. But, I’m trying to stay strong,” said Patrice Benson, a longtime friend of Williams.
The mother and daughter were in a Chevy turning left across three lanes of traffic to enter an apartment complex on West Ledbetter Saturday afternoon.
Dallas police say Hilda Verduzco was speeding in her Mercedes and crashed into them.
“A Mercedes was coming up over the hill… 100 miles an hour,” said Catosha Brown, whose car was stopped at the entrance to the apartments. Brown said the force of the crash pushed Williams’ car into her own.
Brown saw neither Williams nor her daughter, but she did see Verduzco.
“She seemed drunk … When we got out of the car she told the witness she had a case of beer in the car and would they get it out of the car for her. They said,‘no.’”
Neighbors say the intersection itself is also dangerous for anyone entering or leaving the apartment complex.
“It’s a death trap. It’s a death trap,” said Patricis Giddings, who worries for her own grandchildren when they cross the street. Neighbors say, with three lanes of traffic in each direction coming to the top of a hill, it’s difficult to see what’s ahead.
“It may not be a drunk driver. They just may not see you, and they’re coming so fast, they hit you,” said Benson.
Neighbors now say they plan to petition for a stop light and crosswalk.
Tomorrow, friends plan to meet at the site of the accident for a candlelight vigil in honor of Kina and Karmen. Verduzco remains in the Dallas County Jail, charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter. Her bail is set at $100,000.