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Man convicted in fatal crash facing jail for probation violations

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Dallas County prosecutors said a man on probation for killing two people in a hit-and-run crash nine years ago should be punished for repeatedly violating his probation.

Linda Cantu is still grieving the loss of her 16-year-old son, Ryan, and her best friend, 43-year-old Carolyn Crane. They were killed in a crash on July 11, 2003.

Police said Christopher Davis was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic when he hit Crane's car, knocking it into oncoming traffic. He then left the scene.

Cantu's youngest son, Nathan, was the sole survivor. He was only 8 years old at the time and still has nightmares.

"I remember waking up and seeing Carolyn being ejected across my brother, which killed him instantly," he said.

After a mistrial, Davis pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter and was placed on probation.

But the district attorney's office said he has continued to violate the terms of his probation. He was arrested in 2008 for a DWI. And although he did serve 90 days in jail for that violation, he has recently failed to blow into an alcohol detection device installed in his vehicle.

"But that's not true! That is not true! My husband has blow into that machine. He was told that he had 10 missed blows, and some of the blows that Christopher did miss he was at work and he could not get to that machine. Which is… they're taking something small and building it in to this huge big thing that it's not," Davis' wife Lateisha said.

The victim's families were angered by the alleged probation violations and the fact that the hearing was delayed for a week because the judge didn't show up in court.

"This is wrong! This is beyond wrong! Are you kidding me? I'm just upset," Cantu said.

"He needs to just serve time in prison, even solitary prison. He needs to just be by himself," added Travis Crane, Carolyn's husband.

"It's just hard, you know. You can't ever get closure until the end and it's still not over and I don't know how long it will take to be over," Nathan said.

Davis now faces up to 20 years in prison.

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