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Longview Woman Angry Over Drunk Driving Death

      A Longview woman is speaking out on the horrors of drunk driving, after her 19 year old granddaughter is killed by a driver who was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Silvia Lunsford can still hear the phone call she got last Sunday night, her grand-daughter, 19 year old Karmen Bayliss had been hit by a drunk driver.

    "At 1:30 in the morning my phone rang, and they said get hear immediately shes been in a serious serious car accident, she was such a good mother, and loved being with her daughter." says Lunsford.

      Bayliss was driving with a friend and her 3 year old girl , named "December", in the intersection of highway 149 and 322 in Lakeport, when she was broad sided by a pick-up just before 11 Sunday night. Witnesses say the driver, 36 year old Aurelio Nunez-Lopez, was going between 80 and 100 miles per hour when he ran the red light. Bayliss died from massive head injuries, Lopez was charged with intoxication manslaughter.

   "Karmen had the worst brain injury they'd ever seen" Lunsford says.

      Lunsford feels anger over the loss of her grand daughter and a great granddaughter now without a mother,  and feels robbed by Lopez.

     "Very robbed, mad, how could he dare be in a vehicle and be drunk, you took my heartbeat from me" she says.

      Now she can only say goodbye. "Karmen you've always known that you're granny was your soft place to fall, you've fallen in your soft place, and i will see you again in heaven" says Lunsford.

     Aurelio Lopez remains in the Gregg county jail on 150-thousand dollars bond. 3 year old "December Bayliss" survived the accident unharmed. Karmen Bayliss was an organ donor, and her family says 6 people have been recipients of her lifesaving decision.

    She will be laid to rest at "Welchs" funeral home in longview at 3 p-m on monday. Bob Hallmark reporting.

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