NATIONAL CITY, Calif. — A grieving mother speaks out just 24 hours after losing her boyfriend and her 15-year-old daughter, who were struck and killed by a suspected DUI driver Wednesday night in National City.
“He hit my boyfriend first and hit him so hard his clothes got stuck to the car,” Kristen White said. “Then my daughter, she flew up the tree, she died instantly.”
White is still shaken and distraught over the sudden loss of her boyfriend Brian McKee and their teenage daughter Jessica Talamante, known as “Lola” to loved ones.
White says they were returning from a nearby 7-Eleven and were just down the street from his house when they were hit on East Plaza Boulevard.
While crossing the street, police say they were fatally struck by a driver suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Authorities identified the driver as Tayishe Baltys, 43. She was arrested at the scene, booked into Las Colinas Women’s Jail and is now charged with DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
“She murdered, she murdered them,” White said through tears.
White and others who live in the area expressed concern about East Plaza Boulevard, saying it has always been a dangerous street.
“Speeding is horrible, but not only that, they need more crosswalks and they don’t have lights. It’s so dark,” White said.
Grieving family and friends gathered at the crash site Thursday, leaving photos of McKee and Talamante. McKee is remembered as a loving and loyal man in the life of the family and McKee was the youngest of five brothers, described as a ray of sunshine.
“She was going to be 16 next month. She was so kind and pure. She was a good girl and she was my best friend,” White said.
Bail for Baltys has been set at $500,000 and he is scheduled for his first court appearance on Friday at 1:30 p.m.
A family member has created a GoFundMe for Talamante.
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