Just over five months ago, a Wichita Falls man was killed in a single vehicle accident. Tuesday, (6/29)charges were filed against his sister, the driver.
26-year-old Elizabeth Monnique Duerson was charged with Intoxication Manslaughter for the death of 20-year-old Benton William Crow II.
Crow was pronounced dead at the scene in the early morning hours of January 21st. The vehicle they were in crossed the center median on Kemp, striking two trees and a light pole. Crow was ejected from the car and killed. Duerson was pinned in the car, and later freed.
We spoke with crow's father, Benton William Crow back in January. At the time, he didn't know his daughter was going to be charged in this accident. She was still recovering from injuries she got in that wreck.
He's full of emotion when talking about the fate of his two children, back in January. One killed and the other, now charged in his son's death.
"I knew him very well. I've had him for about twenty years. I was already comfortable in my faith and actually knew where he was at, so I knew he was safe," said Benton William Crow. He told us burying one of his nine children, Benton "Billy" Crow, was one of the toughest things he's ever had to do in his life. Filled with a passion for life and the people around him, Billy was finishing his high school equivalency exams and eager to start his own family. His father said, "Seeing him almost everyday, for me, he'd come by every 2-3 days. It just leaves a big hole in your heart."
The debris from the crash is impossible to forget, he says, and he shutters to think about the police's ongoing investigation and potential charges against the driver, his daughter, Elizabeth.
Crowe said, "I love him. He wouldn't have wanted to have known anything. He lived life hard, he liked to tease people - including the police. But if the investigation shows they had been drinking a lot, then that should be a warning for children, teenagers. Don't drink, don't drive. Be with your family, stay safe." This grieving dad will protect his son's memory for years to come. "I love him. He knew it. I knew he loved me. We're good on that."
You won't want to miss the Juneteenth celebration on Saturday in Electra. A parade will kick off the Celebration starting at 10 a.m. from the old Dunbar School.
Arbor House is hosting a motorcycle rally Saturday. It's from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.