Posted at: 07/24/2014 6:22 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Tragedy struck Hobbs over the weekend. A mother and her 6-year-old daughter were killed by a suspected drunk driver, but it gets worse. It's not the first time this kind of tragedy has hit this family.
"It's devastating, there are no words to express the loss," Angie Garza said.
Priscilla Mungia and her daughter, Viviana Salomon, were on the Lovington Highway Friday night when a driver hit them head-on.
Police say an Arizona man, Kevisen Gould, may have been drunk near Hobbs when he crossed the median and slammed into them.
"The baby was killed instantly," Garza said.
She says Priscilla and Viviana were always together.
"She loved her mom dearly, she wouldn't do anything without her mom," Garza said.
This is the second time the family has been struck by tragedy. A suspected drunk driver killed Priscilla's mom, Josephine Garza-Mungia, in New Mexico in 1980. Angie Garza raised Priscilla after her mom died.
"But it's devastating, there's no words to express our feelings and what we're going through," Garza said.
Three generations killed by a suspected drunk driver.
"We've gone through this before and it never goes away, we learn to live with it, but the pain doesn't ever go away," Garza said.
Compounding the tragedy, Priscilla and Viviana's bodies are still in Albuquerque. The family says Viviana still needs to be identified by dental records.
"Don't drink and drive, I mean, we don't have to get crazy to have a good time," Garza said. "There's too much pain and loss and every beer bottle that's emptied, somebody's life is in jeopardy."