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Family of fatal crash victim thanks officer for rescue efforts

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A crash that happened at the beginning of June along Hwy. 67 at Loop 12 in a closed HOV lane left two people dead after they became trapped inside a burning car.

It was the crash that an off-duty police officer complained about people shooting cell phone video of instead of helping, like he tried to.

The victims have finally been identified, and the family of one of them thanked the officer on Thursday who helped.

On a friend porch in West Dallas, Lula Williams, whose son Timothy died in the crash, hugged and thanked Dallas Police Lt. Anthony Williams.

“I had said in my heart that I wish I could thank the officer that tried to save him,” she said.

Lt. Williams was off duty when he and a handful of others tried to save Timothy and Taniqua Turner, who was next to Timothy in the passenger seat. But the flames were too intense for anyone to reach them.

He was a happy person, real funny, comedian, great dancer…he was the drummer at our church,” said Lula. “He could really beat them drums.”

“I thought he was gonna be a Christian comic when he grew up, ‘cause he kept something going,” said Pastor Ivory Givens of Church of the Living. “He was really a funny guy and very positive in a good way.”

While Timothy’s family is grieving after just getting confirmation this week that he was killed in the crash, they wanted to show their gratitude.

I’m sorry,” said Lt. Williams. “I did my best.”

Turner’s family is still too hurt too talk.

Having the opportunity to put a face with those efforts and the family that was struck by that tragedy probably means more to me than anything else that’s happened in 30 years,” said Lt. Williams.

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