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Drunk Driving Suspect Has Message For Family

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Accused drunk driver Hilda Verduzco. (credit: Dallas Co. Sheriff's Office)

Accused drunk driver Hilda Verduzco. (credit: Dallas Co. Sheriff’s Office)

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.

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