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26-Year-Old Mother Killed In Crash With Alleged Drunk Driver

By Jeff Tang

(BRANDENBURG, Ky.) -- A 26-year-old mother was killed Thursday night in Brandenburg. Jannel Eldrich died instantly when her car collided with a pickup truck. Amazingly, her 9-month-old son survived the crash. Police say the man behind the wheel of the truck was drunk, and now Jannel's family is demanding justice. WAVE 3's Jeff Tang investigates.

When viewing the extent of the damage to Jane's car, it's hard to believe her 9-month-old son, James, managed to survive.

"The car was crushed to the back seat," said Eldrich's sister, Christina Phillips. "My mom said you couldn't see the front seat where she was sitting."

James was strapped in his car seat in the back seat, but Phillips says he may bear a permanent reminder of the wreck. "I think he's gonna have a scar on his shoulder from the straps of his seatbelt."

Phillips and other family members are grieving right now, but they're also angry because police believe the other driver in the accident, William Redmon, was driving drunk.

"Somebody who didn't care took away a wonderful caring loving mother," Phillips said.

Matthew Fleming witnessed the crash. "I never seen anything like that in my life. I don't wanna ever see anything like that ever again."

Fleming says both drivers were trying to beat a traffic light. While rushing to the scene of the accident, Fleming remembers seeing a shaken Redmon emerging from the pickup truck.

"He got out of the truck, and he was holding his mouth, like in shock," Fleming said. "He didn't know what was going on I guess."

A day after the crash, Fleming was still in a state of semi-shock. "It messed me up pretty good," he said. "I couldn't sleep at all last night. That's enough for me."

For now, Redmon is charged with DUI and released from jail Friday morning. Phillips hopes that's not the end. "If there's any justice in this world that took away my sister, he will be punished," she said.

The Meade County Sheriff's Department was still investigating the accident late Friday.

Vehicular homicide charges were not immediately filed because police were still determining who caused the accident.

Online Reporter: Jeff Tang

Online Producer: Michael Dever

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