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PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va.  --  The family of two sisters who died in a Hopewell wreck earlier this month say justice has not been served.

This after they discovered William Reese , the driver of the SUV that hit 69-year-old Carol Jones and 71-year-old Shirley Tarvor's car on May 6, was officially charged with misdemeanor reckless driving.


Deadly accident on Oaklawn Boulevard in Hopewell.

The victims' family members, which originally talked to CBS 6 reporter Wayne Covil after the crash, sat around their living room looking at old photographs while coming to grips with the news.

"To lose two at one time, it's rough," said 96-year-old Ellen Jones, the women's mother, as she sorted through pictures. "I tell you it's been rough.  I mean really rough, but with the help of the good Lord, we're holding on."

Sam Dugger, Shirley Tarvor's youngest son, was outraged that Reese received a misdemeanor charge for the loss of two lives.

"That rubbed me the wrong way," Dugger said. "I didn't understand how you're going to run a red light, kill two people and only be charged with reckless driving."

"He took my mommy. He took my Auntie -- my two best friends away from me. So for him to get off like he did, I don't accept that,"  Kimberly Harrigan, Carol Jones' daugher, said.

"He took my mommy. He took my Auntie -- my two best friends away from me. So for him to get off like he did, I don't accept that,"  Kimberly Harrigan, Carol Jones' daugher, said.

However, Hopewell Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Newman said he hopes to have a final accident report from state police early next week.

"I will say honestly at this point  there is no evidence that he was texting or that he was talking on the phone," Newman said. "There's no evidence of alcohol, there's no evidence of excessive speed."

Newman said witnesses reported that Reese ran a red light. However, Reese claimed the light was green.

If convicted, Reese faces up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2500 fine.

However, the family is planning to fight for a stiffer penalty. In fact, they have hired two attorneys and a private investigator to do an independent investigation. The family has also not ruled out a civil lawsuit.

"It's a hard thing for me, but I still will forgive him," Jones said as she looked at photos of her daughters.


    • tiger

      Not sure what you are referring to Tess as far as it’s the law. Are you insane????? If this had been two white women, I am sure this guy will be charge with more than reckless driving.

      • Clayton Bigsby

        Wow. You’re obviously a democrat, as the race card came flying out of your deck immediately as an argument. That being said I will try to explain Tess’ comments to you like you’re a 5 year old. You can’t charge someone based on feelings. The law is very specific as to which charges can be levied based on evidence. We see this all the time with black on white crime (since it’s not a hate crime), which I’m sure your fine with. If you had accidentally run that light and killed them I doubt you would feel manslaughter charges would be fair.

      • Tana

        you dont believe that do you?? why would you say that about them being black and thats why? the driver made a mistake,,it may be the first and last red light he ever runs in his life,,when its your time,,its your time,,if the driver wasnt impaired or speeding what should the punishment be exactly? he could have run the light and them not been in the intersection, what if he was at the exact speed he was supposed to be and the ladies took a little longer to clear the intersection, would you still want him charged. Everyone seems to know the answers about just what should happen to someone,,when you should be sitting back saying im sorry for the loss of life,,but sometimes it is just a horrific accident, unexplainable,only takes a second, this man will ask himself why that light , why that intersection, for the rest of his life,,,i dont know what to say when i see such narrow minded statements ,,the world has enough hate, why dont you just think before you speak and say “But for the grace of God” i hope you never make a mistake and the villagers ask for your head

  • Sam

    Wow, it’s good to see that there is some interest in what has taken place. I’m the son and nephew of the victims shown in the video. All we are asking is for there to be more of an investigation into why William ran the red light and a thorough report of the incident. There are various factors that has not been disclosed to the public and when the truth comes out it will warrant vehicular homicide charges. Please by all means continue to voice your opinions. In the end the only thing that matters is what is just and what is not! Our love ones will not be returning and they can not speak for themselves, which leaves us family members to presume the victims role and seek appropriate justice for their lives which were taken.

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