The family of the victims in a wrong-way crash spoke about their lost loved ones on Wednesday.
Terry Rios, her son Juan, his fiancée Amy and their 4-year-old daughter, Taylee, were headed home on Hwy. 287 Saturday evening when their car was hit head-on by Terri Johnson, a Wise County judge.
Only Taylee survived, and now the family’s loved ones are left asking “Why them?”
Early Saturday evening, drivers on Hwy. 287 near Decatur witnessed Johnson's Volkswagen Passat driving on the wrong side of the road and called 911.
“She was in the grass,” said Rios’ niece, Samantha Mobley. “She could've just easily stopped, but she went on and took three precious lives.”
Johnson’s car crossed the median and hit the Chevy Trailblazer that Rios and her family was riding in.
“Why?” said Janie Railsback, Rios’ sister. “She has traveled that road many times...why?”
Investigators say they found no evidence of alcohol at the scene, but it's still unknown what caused Johnson to swerve into oncoming traffic.
Rios’ sisters are left to reflect on her life, calling her the biggest Dallas Cowboys fan, with a giving heart and an ear-to-ear smile.
Taylee was the light of her life.
“She's just your typical little girl,” said Frances Medina-Thomas, Rios’ sister. “At first, she really wasn't into pink when she was first born. As she's gotten older, Hello Kitty has been her...because it's pink.”
Medina-Thomas describes Juan as a teddy bear, working several jobs so he could give Taylee everything.
Together, Rios’ sisters vow to share memories and move forward to take care of and love Taylee.
Taylee is out of the hospital and living with a relative.
The funeral for Rios, Juan and Amy is scheduled for Saturday in their hometown of Quanah, northwest of Wichita Falls.
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