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Injuries and Death: Salas Family Struggles After Crash with Suspected Drunk Driver

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WJTV News Channel 12 is bringing you an exclusive interview with a family speaking out for the first time about the suspected drunk driver who killed their baby.

It was a crash that happened a week-and-a-half ago. It left three other children hurt.

On Tuesday two of them were still in intensive care at a local hospital.

"Christopher died at the scene," Maria Rojas, Christopher's mother, said.

"I picked him up and..." she said, trailing off into tears.

In a matter of seconds, the Salas family's world was literally shattered.

The June 15th crash on Highway 18 near Raymond killed their 21-month-old son, Christopher.

We asked Maria about her other children.

"They're not doing that good, but they're progressing," Maria Rojas said.

Their 3-year-old son, Adrian, has not regained consciousness since the wreck.  Doctors tell the heartbroken parents that he has a brain injury.

The Salas' 4-year-old daughter, Pamela, also has a brain injury and another injury so severe that it will be a reminder of this horrific crash for a lifetime.

"Pamela, they say she's gonna have a problem with her left arm. It's going to be for the rest of her life. She can't lift it up. She can move the fingers but not her arm," father Michael Salas said.

As for their oldest daughter, Ashley, the 5-year-old was treated and released, but the nightmares have not stopped, the parents said.

"She's got some pain and she can't sleep good," Maria said.

"She'll wake up crying," Michael said.

"Night time she's like crying for her little brother and everything," Maria said.

Authorities say Brett Prince, 29, hit the Salas family.

Prince was allegedly under the influence when it happened. He's charged  with Aggravated DUI involving death and Aggravated DUI involving maiming. 

The family says Prince did nothing to help in the minutes after the crash.

"He didn't try to give us any help, nothing. He just was standing up by the truck, watching and watching, that was it," Michael Salas said.

The family's attorney, John Hall, says the damage is irreversible.

"At the end of the day, we're left with a young family that's broken. All the years of jail time and all the money in the world is not going to mend this family," Hall said.

Brett Prince is out of jail after posting bond.

Prince was arrested in 2000, when he was 17, on a felony aggravated assault charge.

Over the next eight years jail records show Prince was booked for a half-dozen misdemeanors including disorderly conduct, marijuana possession, and domestic violence.

WJTV is told Prince was never convicted on any of those charges.


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