One week after a deadly crash, friends and family gather to remember two young victims.
More than 50 people released pink and purple balloons at 84th and Quest Wednesday night. It was where five-year-old Mela and her sister, 4-year-old Laela died after the SUV they were riding in rolled down in an embankment.
Chanelle Torry, the girls’ mother, spoke with Channel Six. She was just released from the hospital Wednesday with seven broken ribs and severe back injuries.
She says the balloon release is helping her cope with the loss of her oldest children.
“Its been hard this past week, just coming to grasp with reality that I did lose my two oldest girls,” says Torry. “There is a loss of words for how I'm feeling right now about my girls not being here."
The man driving, 35-year-old Christopher Phelps, had gotten in an argument with Torry near his home just before the accident. Investigators say Phelps sped off in a hurry before Torry could put seat belts on any of her kids. His blood alcohol level was 0.16, twice the legal limit for driving.
Torry says her two girls were inseparable. Friends and family say the girls were always happy and smiling.
“My babies were two peas in a pod. They were like best friends. They did everything together. They played together and they fought together.”
Phelps has been charged with two counts of motor vehicle homicide.
“I’m sure if he could have rethought the situation and made us stay at his house my girls would still be here.”
She hasn’t heard from Phelps since the accident and tells Channel Six she has mixed emotions about the man who took away her kids lives.
“I know he cared about them as much as I did, but I just wish I could hear from him how he felt about this last week and if he's sorry at all.”
Toory says she’ll have to wear a brace for the three months as she does rehab for her injuries.
She’s says she's also grateful to the community for all the support.
There is a memorial fun set up at Metro Credit Union in the name of Torry-Tooley Burial Fund.
The funeral services for the two girls are Friday at Morning Star Baptist Church.