PFLUGERVILLE, Texas -- A Pflugerville family is mourning the loss of a brother and sister, both killed earlier this week while changing a tire in Morrow, Georgia outside of Atlanta.
Savannah Hayter-Guio, 30, and her 23-year-old brother Steven Mack moved from Pflugerville to Atlanta in early August for a fresh start, say family members.
The pair was on Interstate 75 outside of Atlanta Monday when they got a flat tire.
Morrow police told KVUE News that instead of pulling over in to the emergency lane, the brother and sister stopped to change the tire in an unrestricted lane between the entrance ramp and the highway. A Morrow police captain told KVUE Wednesday that the couple was visible.
“The report said they should have pulled over to the emergency space but I'm sure that was impossible at that particular time to do,” said Leslie Brown, the siblings' mother.
Kenneth Ebel, 61, is now charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of failing to exercise due regard.
“I don't harbor any ill will toward anybody, but I am angry though, because I felt that if he's going to get behind a vehicle and drive, he needs to be very observant. People really need to be aware and alert when they're driving and stop trying to do everything while they're driving,” added Brown.
This latest tragedy is not the family’s first in recent years. Six years ago Steven’s identical twin brother Sean Mack died from Leukemia at the age of 16. The family is hoping their recent losses will give us all something to remember when getting behind the wheel of a car.
“People that are actually driving and texting and always on the cell phone, there's a time and place for everything. It's definitely not a time to be doing that while you're driving,” said Orlando Guio, Savannah and Steven’s dad.
The family is in dire need of financial help to get Savannah and Steven’s bodies back to Pflugerville as well as pay for burial expenses.
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