MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A woman is recovering after a DUI crash sent her to the hospital and killed her unborn baby. Prosecutors charged the suspected drunk driver with a second count of vehicular homicide in connection with death of the unborn baby.
Police say David Diaz was driving his truck under the influence of alcohol when he ran a red light and hit a 2001 Nissan Maxima on Getwell Road near Comanche Road.
The force of the impact ejected Donna Dickson from the car. She later died in the hospital from her injuries. Dickson is Desmond Black's mother. Black, who was not injured, was driving when the crash happened. His pregnant girlfriend, Derika Hull, was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
"It really was a disaster and was just something that wasn't supposed to happen," said Hull's brother, Travis Johnson.
Diaz and his passenger Alfredo Juarez are both charged with leaving the scene of a deadly crash. Diaz faces several more charges including DUI, public intoxication, reckless driving, and two counts of vehicular homicide. Police also say Diaz did not have a driver's license or insurance.
The tragedy is hitting close to home for WMC Action News 5 Chief Meteorologist Dave Brown.
"It's not something I would wish on anyone to have to go through that," he said. "It's just senseless. It's [DUI crash] the most preventable crime in our society."
In 1997, Dave Brown's daughter, Stefanie, and her unborn child were killed when Donald Branch, who was driving drunk with a revoked license, hit Stefanie's car as she was heading to a rehearsal dinner for her younger sister's wedding. The crash also killed Stefanie's 6-month-old baby. It was Branch's third DUI. He was sentenced to 48 years in jail and has been denied parole several times.
"You find yourself just sitting here crying, for no apparent reason," Dave Brown explained. "We call them Stefanie moments."
WMC Action News 5 uncovered more than 8,000 people in Memphis were arrested or given a citation for driving on a suspended, revoked, or canceled license in 2014. So far in 2015, more than 340 people have been arrested or cited for the same offenses.
"It's just a shame that so many people ignore that law," Brown added.
As Dave Brown and his family continue to grieve, he feels for families of people like Derica Hull, who are experiencing a double dose of tragedy.
"My words to that family are, you don't deserve this and the people who died certainly didn't deserve this."
Derika Hull remains in the hospital in serious condition.