Father of 3 with pregnant wife gets run over, killed while awaiting police after crash

Father of three with pregnant wife gets run over, killed while awaiting police after crash. (KDBC)

EL PASO, Texas (KDBC) - The family of a victim of a deadly crash says they want an apology from the driver. Daniel Torres, 32, was a husband, father and family man. He was involved in a crash on U.S. 54 Wednesday. While waiting for police, he was run over and killed, leaving his kids and pregnant wife behind.

Torres’ cousin, Jeremy Watson, said he had three kids and one on the way. He says Torres was on his way to work when he got in the crash.

"Danny was a great person. He's going to be missed - a lot,” Watson said. "He was a good parent. He was a good a father to his kids. He was loyal to the family."

Watson said his family called him Danny.

"It was a big shock, huge,” Watson explained. “One of my aunts saw him just on Sunday. Come Wednesday, he's no longer here."

Their sons go to the same elementary school.

"He's a year younger than me and we grew up so close to each other, it's like losing a brother,” said Watson.

Police said Torres was standing on the side of the road on U.S. 54 near Mesquite Hills after a crash. That's when police say another driver swerved to avoid hitting a car involved in the same crash. But Torres was right in her path.

"The way he left this world, it's unexplainable. How? Why? He was just an innocent person trying to get things fixed out and situated,” Watson said.

Police have not said whether the driver, 39-year-old Jill Stevens, will face charges.

"Hopefully the person who actually [hit] him can have the courage or decency to apologize for a mistake that shouldn't have happened."

"Do you blame her?" CBS4 reporter Ashley Claster asked.

"I don't blame her. I really don't,” Watson answered. “Sometimes, accidents happen.”

Watson says life can change in an instant.

"Enjoy it while you can because from one day to the next, you don't know what's going to happen. You can lose everything. You can lose your whole life,” he said.

El Paso police said if you are involved in an accident and your car is moveable, drive away from the road to a safe place to exchange information. If it is not moveable, stay in your car and make yourself visible.

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