Family still waiting for justice in wreck that killed 3

March 2, 2011 1:20:17 PM PST
Before Nigeria became the focus of a manhunt for local authorities, another country was under similar scrutiny. In July, a man charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter, fled to Nepal.

Since then, the families of three teens killed in the crash have been desperate for answers.

"We need justice. This is not fair. It's three kids that was killed in the accident," Katty Alaniz said six months ago during a rally.

Six months ago, Alaniz demanded justice for her dead daughter, Avaianca Cortez. She is still waiting.

"I haven't heard any kind of update since the accident happened," Alaniz said.

Alaniz says neither the Harris County DA's Office or chief of Houston police have told her anything about the developments in the case against Sajan Timalshina. Authorities say the Nepalese native was legally drunk when he caused a crash that killed Cortez and two other teens in July. Like the daycare fire case, the suspect fled the country before facing charges.

"We are doing everything we can to see that this man faces the consequences for the acts," Donna Hawkins with Harris County District Attorney's Office said when the news broke in July that Timalshina's fled.

"We also lost three little angels and we still haven't had any kind of justice on it," Alaniz said.

In July, the police department said it did not arrest Timalshina at the scene because his field sobriety test was inconclusive. The day care fire opened up old wounds for the crash victims' families.

"Two cases, you know where people have fled -- yeah you're doing a real good job in office aren't you? Where's our justice?" said Cortez's godmother, Dana Hutchinson.

This case prompted changes to how the Houston Police Department handles fatal crashes. One major point is that a sergeant updates victims' families every two weeks until the case is closed.