Drunk Driving Suspect Has Message For Family

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A weekend of deadly car crashes all have the awful connection of possible alcohol use, and the killing of children.

In all, two children and one adult were killed. Another injured parent remains hospitalized and is fighting for life.

The investigation into one of those crashes resulted in the arrest of Hilda Verduzco. Thought she remains in jail, accused of vehicular manslaughter, on Monday she granted CBS 11 News an interview.

The crash happened in the 27-hundred block of West Ledbetter in Dallas. That’s where Kina Williams and her two-year old daughter, Karmen, were in a Chevy turning left, across three lanes of traffic, to enter an apartment complex.

Verduzco admits she had been drinking before the crash. She is 33-years old, the mother of three, and now wearing the label of drunk driving killer.

Through her tearful admission, Verduzco said she didn’t feel drunk, but says she wants to apologize to the family.

During the interview with CBS 11, Verduzco said her tears were not for herself. “They need to lock me up and throw away the key. I took a two-year-olds life,” she aid emotionally. “I want to tell the family I’m so sorry. I know this doesn’t cut it, but I am.”

It isn’t known if Verduzco’s apology fell on deaf ears. The family of the victims declined comment.

Dallas police and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department are about to kick into gear a yearly DWI initiative that focuses on catching drunk drivers. Police, along with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, are calling for citizens to put down the car keys if you’ve been drinking.

“They just need to make the right choice,” said Mike Taylor, the father of a drunk driving victim. “Don’t drink and drive. Pass the keys. Call a friend. Call a family member.”

The “Take the Wheel” campaign officially begins Wednesday, with Dallas police using a dozen extra patrol officers to target drunk drivers.

  • Lola

    We are all mad at this young girl, but how many of us do this?…..my point! I’m not saying it’s right, but we all go out and have a good time and DRINK! So, let’s just LEARN from this and move on! I AM NO LONGER DRINKING! I can have fun without it!!

    • FPapiSalOC

      I don’t drink and never will so no we ALL don’t go out and do this.

      • Lola

        Well, GOOD for you! You are 1 in a million. Im sure that YOU have friends or family members that do!!!

  • Tina

    Lola, you are so right. And it is SAD that we have to use her, and the ppl that died in this accident as an example. maybe the state will start doing something different about this issue. The way I see it 2 families were destroyed.

  • Mike

    Yeah, two families were destroyed. We all can learn from this.

  • Erica

    No Lola we dont All Do this… your talking to some one whose lost countless members of her family to these damn drunk drivers… Hell I appear mad in my tone its an understatement! If I had one thing to say to this girl that your calling victim its this… whatever you got it will not bring this young lady or her child back….it’s too little too late… something more people need to think about before they kill people being selfish….Hilda Verduzco parents aren’t putting together funeral plans…Hilda Verduzco parents can still call and talk and see their child this holiday season….As for Kina Williams and Karmen their lives were cut short leaving a family with more questions than answers.As for the Williams family I pray for strength.

    • Lola

      Well, maybe they should ask questions. But, what does that have to do with her parents? When it’s time to go nor you or me can help what is to come.

    • Lola

      Is she the 1st person to have done this? EVER? NO!!!!!!!! The state of TEXAS has THE highest numbers in DWI!!! Check your self. And if YOU have never made a mistake in you life, talk to me. If not SHUT the hell up! Maybe we ALL need to LEARN from this like I said!

  • Searetha Sotire

    We thank you all for the comments, but we forgive the young lady and we put her in God’s hand. there is nothing we can do but hold on to God’s unchanging hand. We Love You all. May God Bless and keep each of you and thank you for your concerns.

  • Owned

    She shoulda done a barrel roll…

  • ANDY

    Everyone has their opinions about this, but the fact is, that two families were destroyed regardless of anything. The media is only known for misconstruing facts and publicizing what they deem to be true. Until the facts are released, people should stop making assumptions about this case. REMEMBER IN TEXAS YOU ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

    The olnly facts we do know is that 1) Hilda had SOME DETECTABLE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL, 2) the driver of the other vehicle NEGLIGENTLY took that left turn 3) there were 2 fatalities, unfortunately and 4) the location of the accident also contributed to the accident and 5) GOD DOESNT MAKE MISTAKES, it was their time to go….

    & HILDA IS NOW LEFT AS AN EXAMPLE TO OTHERS OF WHAT NOT TO DO. Many people drink and drive DAILY, they are just lucky enough they dont get caught and/or are not involved in fatal crashes.

    @ LOLA I am with you on this….if you have NEVER made a mistake, cast the first stone….& YES I do believe that WE HAVE ALL BEEN THERE BEFORE….

    • Mike

      Andy, YOU are so RIGHT!

    • Owned

      I’m tellin ya… barrel roll. it saves lives.

  • Jana

    Andy is definitey right!

  • Mike

    we need to pray for both of tha families.

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