Family of bus stop crash victim speaks out
The family of a woman killed in the horrific bus stop crash, plans to face the alleged drunk driver in court. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The family of a woman killed in the horrific bus stop crash plans to face the alleged drunk driver in court.
The driver, Gary Lee Hosey, will go before a judge for the first time Monday morning.
Police say the 23-year-old was driving drunk, when he crashed into the bus stop on Spring Mountain, near Decatur Thursday morning.
Four passengers in Hosey's car are still in the hospital. Three of the people who were hit are also still being treated for their injuries. Police confirm that one of them has been upgraded from critical to fair condition.
Four others waiting at the bus stop were killed in the crash. One of those victims is Johnni Lee Garner, 49.
As news first spread of the crash, Johnni's family began to panic.
"We couldn't get a hold of her," says Johnni's son-in-law, Chris Lozano. "We found out she didn't show up at work. We knew she took that bus every morning to get to her nursing job at Sunrise Hospital."
Desperate to find Johnni, they headed to the bus stop.
"We have the family locator feature through our Sprint cellphones and we kept checking for Johnni's phone," Chris says. "It kept telling us that her phone was at the bus stop. So, we started getting a hunch that the outcome wasn't going to be good."
A few hours later, they found out Johnni had been killed in the crash. Condolences for Johnni and her family now fill the growing memorial that has formed at the crash site.
"At least we can come by and say goodbye," Chris says. "We know this is the last place she was. But my daughters don't understand. My youngest is asking when Grandma will be home. And the five-year-old has been crying herself to sleep."
Johnni was incredibly close with her only child, Nachelle, and two grandaughters -- Aubree and Alexia.
"They are the ones left to suffer," Chris says. "She was a huge part of our lives. I want Gary Hosey to understand that. I want him to know he's destroyed my family."
Johnni's family is planning her funeral for this Saturday. A fund has been set up to help with funeral costs. You can donate at any Wells Fargo Bank. Just refer to the "Memorial fund for Johnni Garner" and account number 7454100418.
There's also an online fund: http://www.indiegogo.com/JohnniGarnerMemorial
And a Memorial Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/MemorialPageForJohnniLeeGarner
The three other people killed in the crash have been identified as:
1. Gerber Herman Ayala-Tomasino, Jr, 24.
2. Margoth Gonzalez, 65. She recently moved to Las Vegas, and worked at Fashion Show Mall.
3. Hyon Cooley, 47. She leaves behind a son and fiance. At the time of the accident, she was one her way to her housekeeping job at Treasure Island.
A memorial service for Cooley will be held Wednesday 1 p.m. at Full Gospel Las Vegas Korean Church,1580 Bledsoe Lane.
The non-profit organization STOP DUI is planning to have a candlelight vigil at the crash site Thursday at 7 p.m..