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Driver's family speaks on fatal accident

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The family of the man involved in the tragic accident that claimed the life of a 5-year-old Kilgore boy, is speaking out on his behalf, saying he is not the monster he's been portrayed as. Angela Flores says reports and hearsay have unfairly portrayed her uncle who is also the godfather to her son, Jesus Martinez Soto, and his involvement in the accident that killed 5-year-old Jae Mcnaughton, Thursday morning.

"He is one of the most caring descent, if he could help you he would he would help you if he can, give you the shirt off his back if you needed it," Flores said.

Jae was struck as he walked to his school bus stop in Kilgore. Soto was charged with negligent homicide, but Flores says she's known him to be a good man, and feels he's been made out to be a monster.

"I don't like it," she said. "It's like making him this horrible person who just didn't care being careless. I know that's not the whole thing they haven't even go this side. He's a wonderful father, godfather, loves kids and I know he is just feeling horrible, just in turmoil."

Realizing the tragedy of the situation, she says her family wants the McNaughton family to know how much they care for them at this time.

"It's just heartbreaking to know that something like this has happened and we're so sorry and send out deepest apologies and condolences to the mcnaughton family," Angela said.

Nothing can undo what has been done. Flores says the sorrow is on both sides.

"Maybe the McNaughton family in time will try to forgive what has happened," she said. "I know it won't be easy and it won't be anytime soon."

Flores contacted us at East Texas news and came forward to speak for the family on her own accord.

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