Grand jury declines to indict elderly driver in accident

Police survey the accident site where the out of control truck landed on top of two vehicles in the parking lot.
Police survey the accident site where the out of control truck landed on top of two vehicles in the parking lot.

Seven months after the accident that killed 7-year-old Savannah Deegear, a Fort Worth grand jury declined to indict 82-year-old Vencent Martinez. The crash took place in the Target parking lot in Lake Worth where Martinez, the driver of the truck, was overcome with a medical condition that caused him to lose control of the vehicle. After striking 4 people in front of the Ross Department Store, the truck continued through the parking lot at a high rate of speed, hitting 3 more people and killing Deegear.

“I want him to look in my eyes and see how he’s affected me and see how he’s affected the other people that he hit,” Annetta Deegear, Savannah’s mother, said in a news interview.

The Deegears now plan to file a civil lawsuit for wrongful death.

The family is also pushing for legislation that would require older drivers to renew their licenses on a yearly basis.

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