BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield man involved in a deadly weekend DUI crash speaks out from behind bars as he recounts the incident that left two women dead. The fatal crash also left a third woman seriously injured.
Monday evening, family and friends gathered to remember the victims and show support for the young woman who survived the crash.
More than one hundred people came to pay tribute, leaving flowers, pictures and messages.
From the Kern County Jail, Dontrell Collins says the weekend wreck he is accused of causing is now all a blur.
“Something told me to put the pedal to the metal. I don’t remember nothing from that night,” he said.
The crash happened on the intersection of Rosedale Highway and Verdugo Lane. Investigators say Collins who was determined at the scene to be driving under the influence of alcohol slammed into a vehicle carrying three women.
“When all this stuff happened, I wasn’t in my right state of mind. Something controlled me to go. Whatever I did, I didn’t even know that I did it,” said Collins.
Collins admits to 23ABC he was drinking, but only had two beers. He didn’t know the women involved or how fast he was going.
“She was probably the sweetest person I ever met in my life,” said a family member.
Family and friends gathered at the intersection where Pavinder Claire and Jackie Kvasnicka died. Loved ones say the women worked at Kern Schools Federal Credit Union and were coming home from a Blaze game when they were hit from behind.
“This is devastating. Words can’t describe,” the family member said.
A good Samaritan helped pull 20-year-old Jessica Magee from the wreckage. She sustained serious burns and was transported to a local hospital. Family members say she went into surgery Monday morning and continues to recover tonight.
“You don’t drink and drive. You know, you changed a lot of family’s lives. You changed our lives even though my niece is still here. You changed two of the family’s lives and actually a whole bunch of other lives because they had friends, cousins, acquaintances. He changed a lot of people’s lives so, whatever he gets, he deserves. I hope it’s the max,” said Fred Jones, uncle of the victim.
Collins is being charged with two counts of second degree murder and vehicular manslaughter.
Carlos is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carloscorrea23abc
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