SNELLVILLE, Ga. - For the first time, the family of a woman killed in a series of hit-and-run crashes is speaking out about their grief.
Police said Michael Snider, 70, may have been responsible for at least 1o accidents in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties on Wednesday night. One of those crashes involved a 73-year-old woman and her daughter.
Channel 2's Alina Machado spoke to the woman's brother, Gebeyehu Mulugeta, who said his family is still trying to come to grips with their loss.
Dealing with the death of his sister, Mintiwab Woldeyhans, and the uncertain recovery of his niece, Yeshiharag Abebe, of Grayson, isn't easy for Mulugeta.
"What can you do, what can you do? You have to deal with it," he said.
Woldeyhans was a passenger in a Toyota Camry, one of several vehicles police said was hit by Snider in a string of hit-and-run accidents on the busy Snellville road. Woldeyhans 51-year-old daughter, Adebe, was driving the Toyota and she is still in the hospital, fighting to live.
"When we ask her to open her eyes, she can open her eyes," Mulugeta said.
Mulugeta said the family is now focused on Adebe's recovery.
"Is she going to come out of this? We don't know?," he said.
They are also preparing to say goodbye to Woldeyhans, a woman who raised nine children on her own, and was an example to her family.
"I'm still in shock," Mulugeta said.
Woldeyhans' funeral will be held Sunday.
Police said Snider is being held in jail, without bond.