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Posted: Friday, July 5, 2019 4:01 pm

An Odessa mother was left stunned after a drunk driver reportedly struck and killed her 6-year-old twins on the eve of Independence Day.

Agueda Coy, the mother of the twin sisters, said she was just a few feet away from her children when a car ran them both down. The fatal crash was at 9:04 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of East Highway 80 and Club Drive.

An Odessa Police Department news release stated 36-year-old Angelica Garcia of Midland was driving a gray 2014 Chrysler 200 east on the north service road of East Highway 80 near Club Drive. She continued east through a barricade and struck two children, Mya and Mia Coy who were standing near a firework stand, before striking a large trailer, the release stated.

“I couldn’t believe how fast everything happened,” Coy said. “I was watching them play and run around (with other children).”

The family was visiting Coy’s brother-in-law who was working at the stand that evening and planned on purchasing fireworks for the holiday as they have done for many years.

Within 45 minutes of arriving, she said she heard a voice scream “here comes a car” and saw a vehicle zoom by and hit someone. The mother was temporarily blinded by a cloud of dirt before she approached a child laying on the ground.

“At first, I didn’t even realize it was mine that were hit,” Coy said.

The mother, a registered nurse at Medical Center Hospital, along with her husband, Raul, began trying to get a response from their daughters. They administered CPR and chest compressions until an ambulance arrived. She said Mia had agonal breathing and was gasping for air, while Mya’s lips had already turned purple.

The twins were later pronounced dead by personnel at Medical Center Hospital, the release stated.

Garcia was arrested and charged on Wednesday with two counts of intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle, a second-degree felony. She had two bonds totaling $70,000 and bonded out on Thursday, jail records show.

Garcia will await trial as the case is turned over to the Ector County District Attorney's Office, Odessa Police Department spokesperson Cpl. Steve LeSueur said.

“I know (Garcia) did not get behind a vehicle thinking that she was going to hurt somebody, but it’s something we need to be responsible about and not drive after drinking,” the mother said.

A GoFundMe fundraiser was established by Bo and Brandy Douthit. Bo Douthit has worked with Raul Coy at two different companies since about 2007.

“His employer has always been there for us,” Agueda Coy said. “We do really appreciate all the support. Losing anybody isn’t easy. Losing one child is hard and losing two is extremely hard.”

The GoFundMe page raised about $40,000 within 24 hours.

“It’s not what we want,” she said. “We want our girls with us, but it does show the love and support we have from family, friends and the community.”

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