Family asks for accountability in fatal crash - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family asks for accountability in fatal crash

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Elixabeth Blackwood (Source: SCSO) Elixabeth Blackwood (Source: SCSO)

Shelby County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a woman charged in a deadly motorcycle crash claimed her father is actually the one responsible and that she lied to protect him.

The crash happened the night of September 28 at Woodstock Cuba Road and Little John Road.

Investigators said the driver backed out of the driveway when a couple on a motorcycle crashed into a trailer attached to the driver's pickup truck.

"It's just tragic that that happened to them," the victim's daughter Amber Haynie said.

Each day brings new tears for Amber Haynie after the crash killed her stepfather and left her mother at the hospital in serious condition.

"Just seeing her like that tears me up every time," Haynie said.

Deputies have previously charged Elixabeth Blackwood with leaving the scene of a crash, but a new twist in the case adds insult to injury for the victim's family.

"I wish they would just fess up and accept their responsibility, because you don't go around and just kill somebody and just say, 'oops,'" said Haynie.

According to a Facebook post by Blackwood, she's now blaming her father for the deadly crash, claiming instead he was driving and not her.

She wrote it was a horrible accident, and that she covered for her dad because she didn't want to lose him again. The WMC Action News 5 Investigators have learned her father, Felix Blackwood, has a long criminal record in Shelby County, including multiple DUI charges.

"She didn't want to lose her dad and all this, but it's okay for me and my sister to basically lose ours?" Haynie asked.

Deputies said at this time, no additional charges have been filed, though they are aware of the Facebook post and are investigating.

WMC reporter Jerry Askin tried to get the Blackwood family's side of the story Wednesday; he was asked to leave their property.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page for Haynie's mother, who is recovering in the hospital, has already raised more than $1,100. If you want to help the victim's family, click here.

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