HOUSTON — A teenager who survived a suspected drunk-driving crash that killed three of her friends is recalling the moments after the wreck.
“I was trying to get her up, but I couldn’t really move,” said 14-year-old Necie Davis as she described herself going in and out of consciousness.
Davis was one of seven people inside a Ford Excursion that was hit by a suspect driving a Toyota Camry on the Highway 59 North feeder around 1:30 a.m. Friday. Investigators said the Camry driver ran a red light and smashed into the SUV as it was traveling east on the Sam Houston Tollway feeder.
Five teens and two adults were in the SUV.
Avianca Cortez, 13, Detrihanna Davis, 13, and 17-year-old Rashaunda Raleigh died in the wreck. The teens were headed home after a party.
“I felt the car hit the other car and then after that I just blanked out and when I kind of looked around and Avianca Cortez was laying on top of me and I was trying to see if she was still here,” said Davis.
Davis was released from the hospital late Friday. At her home Sunday, she was still wearing a hospital bracelet around her wrist. While the teen is in physical pain, the emotional pain hurts so much more.
“We always went places with each other,” said Davis. “I wish I could see them one last time at least. I didn’t get to tell them I love them or anything.”
Separate funerals are being planned for the teens, but the family of Avianca Cortez is having a hard time coming up with the money to bury her.
Sunday, her mother and other relatives lined the streets near Deerbrook Mall in Humble to collect donations.
“For my kids to be out there asking for donations, I’m embarrassed by it, but I need it ‘cause I need to bury my child,” said Cortez’s mother, Katty Alaniz.
Alaniz would like to bury her daughter at the Brookside Funeral Home in the 13400 block of Eastex Freeway on Tuesday. She still can’t believe she’s planning a funeral for her baby girl.
“I didn’t believe it. I was thinking it was a dream. I was hoping that that was a dream, that that wasn’t my baby laying on the floor,” she said as she recalled pulling up to the scene of the accident early Friday morning.
The driver of the Camry could face three counts of intoxication manslaughter if blood tests show there was alcohol in his system, but the 26-year-old driver has not yet been charged with a crime. Blood tests are expected back sometime next week.
“It bothers me because there are little babies out there that got killed, little angels that they missed their families you know and she’s gone,” said Alaniz.
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