Family of victims injured in hit and run speak out, urging driver - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/21/10

Family of victims injured in hit and run speak out, urging driver to turn himself in

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By Katie Bauer - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Family members of the four victims seriously injured in Sunday's hit and run are speaking out.  Early Sunday morning, police say 23-year old Zachary Doss rear-ended another vehicle at 19th and Raleigh.

Authorities believe he then fled the scene on foot, leaving his wife and another passenger inside their pickup.  Doss is still on the run but is now charged with four counts of failure to stop and render aid, which is a third-degree felony.

Three of the four people injured in Sunday's crash are still fighting for their lives at this hour at University Medical Center.

"All we ask is just for a lot of prayer, we do believe in the power of miracles, we are really, really hoping for a miracle," said Diana Serna.

Serna is the sister, daughter, and aunt of those injured in Sunday morning's hit and run.

Her sister, Josie Blaylock was driving the car, carrying her parents, 80 year old Julia Garcia and 82 year old Margarito Garcia, as well as Blaylock's autistic daughter 29 year old Priscilla Sanchez.

They were all traveling from Hobbs, New Mexico to visit a family member in Lubbock.

It took firefighters more than 45 minutes to get them out of the crushed car.

"They thought it was only three people in there until they heard someone moaning, my niece was on the floor board," said Serna.

Blaylock was released from UMC Wednesday evening, while her parents and daughter remain in the ICU.

Blaylock's son Chris Sanchez drove from Dallas to be by his family's side.

"My mom really has a big heart and she tends to beat herself up on things that aren't even in her hands or her fault, and she just takes a lot of blame for anything in life," said Sanchez.

While his mother has been released, he hasn't even been able to make contact with his sister.

"I haven't seen her eyes open at all, none of us have heard her voice," said Sanchez.

These two worry the most about 80 year old Julia.

"My mom's heart is very weak, her kidney's are not functioning, so it is not good for her, she's diabetic, she has you name it broken on her right now," said Serna.

Julia and her husband Margarito have been married for more than 60 years.

Serna says she doesn't know if her father really truly understands what happened, when he saw her in the hospital.

"He held her hand, he told her he loved her and he kissed her hand, but then later on he calls out her name and says Julia, let's go, let's go home," said Serna.

Now they urge the man behind the wheel of the blue pickup, 23 year old Zachary Doss to do the right thing.

"I'm sure he has a family, I'm sure he has a grandparents, a mother, possible a sister. He needs to put the shoe on the other foot and see what we are going through and step forward," said Sanchez.

"We feel a lot of pain, but we don't feel hate. We don't at all, I feel sorry for him because he will have to live with this for the rest of his life," said Serna.

Police say Doss is a student at Texas Tech and possibly driving a dark blue 2003 Ford Escape.

If you have any information that could help police find Doss, you're urged to call Crimeline at 741-1000.

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