Family: No Justice For 7-Year-Old Killed In Target Parking Lot
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Deegear family has been praying for justice since their 7 year-old daughter Savannah was killed in a horrifying crash over the summer.
The driver of the truck that plowed in several people in a shopping center parking lot in Lake Worth was Vincent Martinez, 82. Martinez hit 4 people in front of a Ross Store, then continued on swerving at a high rate of speed, hitting 3 more people in front of Target.
Four children were hit, including Savannah Deegear, who later died.
Martinez’s family told reporters after the crash that he had a medical condition that impaired his driving.
“It’s been horrible. It’s changed everything in this house, our kids, me and my wife,” said Mark Deegear. “Everything, it’s affected everything.”
This week, 7 months after the crash, the case went before a Grand Jury.
“It was a real hard day for me and my wife both,” Deegear said.
The Deegears said an indictment of the driver who killed their daughter would have been their first step to closure.
But on Wednesday, a grand jury declined to to indict Martinez.
That decision, by a grand jury, has re-opened an unhealed wound and promoted a new period of mourning.
“I want him to look in my eyes and see how he’s affected me and see how he’s affected the other people that he hit,” said Annetta Deegear, Savannah’s mother, who was also injured in the crash.
“Everyone says you should forgive and forget, but in a situation like this something should have been done,” Mark Deegear said. “I know if it was their kid, all they would want is justice. That’s all we want. That’s all we’ve ever asked for.”
The Deegears now plan to file a civil lawsuit for wrongful death.
The family is also pushing for legislation that would require older drivers to renew their licenses on a yearly basis.
Until then, they plan to continue to keep the memory of their beloved Savannah alive.