Macias Family Disappointed by Grand Jury Decision

- It's been nine months since the Macias family lost their 11-year-old son and brother, and while time can heal many wounds, this one, the family says, just isn't getting any better.

"You don't hear the slamming doors, footsteps through the hallway," Les Macias, Jared's father, says. "You know, it's all gone. I mean, the house is quiet now."

Les says he can't believe the grand jury decided the driver of the truck that hit Jared's horse, ultimately causing his death, shouldn't be charged.

"I was mad. Upset. Don't understand it," he says. "You don't take a little kid's life and just walk away scot-free."

DPS troopers say the driver told them he swerved to miss a pack of dogs near the intersection of McFall and Love roads and ended up hitting the horse.

"If you can see a little dog, you can see an 1100 pound horse with two riders on it," Les says. "And then cross the road into oncoming traffic, just to miss a dog. That doesn't make no sense to me."

Even with the grand jury's determination, the family says they'll continue to fight for justice for Jared no matter what it takes.

According to court records, in September 2009, the driver of the truck, a neighbor of the Macias family, went onto their property and shot one of their horses.

He told authorities that he was actually trying to shoot a skunk, but officers say they didn't see any bullet marks on the ground nor did they smell a skunk odor, so he was charged with cruelty to animals.

That was plead down to a Class-A Misdemeanor, for which the defendant was sentenced to 69 days in the county jail.

At that time, authorities say they had been dispatched to the Macias residence four times due to disturbances with a neighbor.

As for the other passenger on the horse, 11-year-old Destiny Doan, who was critically injured that July day, we're told she worked hard to push through her injuries and is now back at school.

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