Double Tragedy Strikes Lubbock Family - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/29/09

Double Tragedy Strikes Lubbock Family

A Lubbock family says they're not bitter after learning the man indicted for their loved one's death will not go to trial.  35-year-old Marcelo Perez Junior died Monday. 24-hours later, without knowing he had died, a Lubbock County Grand Jury indicted him on a charge of manslaughter for the November 11th car crash that took the life of 62-year-old Billy Spence.

"I hadn't heard it until you called," Spence's sister-in-law Geraldine Thompson said.  Spence was Thompson's brother-in-law for more than 30-years. She says the "in-law" left a long time ago, and he was her family.

After learning the man indicted for Spence's death, Perez, died, and therefore would not go to trial, Thompson says she and her family are not angry.  "We don't understand why things happen, but we just feel sorry for the other family, because that's somebody's father, brother, that's somebody's family member, because bitterness never pays off," Thompson said. 

Just more than two months after the crash that took Spence's life at Parkway Drive and Martin Luther King Boulevard, the Thompson's lost four more family members in a crash NewsChannel 11 first told you about this past weekend, nearly 300-miles away outside of Winters, Texas. "In the same type of car accident that wasn't their fault," Thompson said. 

Thompson's other brother-in-law 57-year-old George Thompson, his wife Patricia, and George's son and granddaughter, 28-year-old Dion and four-year-old Keyonna all died on the January 23rd. DPS Troopers say a 28-year-old driver swerved into their lane, and crashed head-on killing himself as well.

Now, knowing no one will go to trial for the wrecks that killed their loved ones, Thompson says the family holds no ill-will. She says faith will bring them through it.  "That's the only way we can do it. That's the only way, because other than that we wouldn't be able to take it," Thompson said.  The Lubbock County District Attorney's Office says they'll drop the charge against Perez immediately.    

1/28/09
Lubbock Man Indicted For Manslaughter
Investigators say Marcelo Perez Jr., 35, crashed into 62-year-old Billy Spence's sedan after running a stop light in November 2008.

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