WC Grand Jury Decision Prompts Residents to Protest & Garner Support

- Two Wichita County residents spent this Monday protesting a decision made last week by the grand jury in a case in which a boy was killed and a girl seriously injured.

The grand jury decided to not indict a pickup driver who struck a horse the two children were riding.

Dia Scrogum and Bobby Brown are friends of the Macias and Doan families. The grand jury's decision last week not to indict the driver that caused the injury of 11 year old Destiny Doan and the death of 11 year old Jared Macias had Scrogum and Brown trying to raise attention and draw support for officials to reconsider the case.

"We get a lot of people coming by honking.  We've made quite a few trips around the courthouse so far," says Bobby Brown, a friend of the Macias and Doan families.

These friends of both families spent eight hours at the Wichita County Courthouse getting drivers to sound off their support.

"We don't feel that justice was served for the Macias and Doan families and we want everyone to know and to rally behind the families with support so we can go to the Supreme Court," says Dia Scrogum.

Since the case  hasn't gone to any court it may seem somewhat far reaching to think the U.S. Supreme Court can do anything but friends and family say they want someone to look at the case the Wichita County Grand Jury decided did not merit an indictment on the a 60 year old pickup driver.

Nearly a year ago that driver told DPS troopers he swerved to miss a pack of dogs on McFall Road and struck a horse that 11 year olds Jared Macias and Destiny Doan were riding.

According to the Wichita County District Attorney's Office, an accident reconstruction report said the driver was neither speeding nor under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision.

Since no probably cause was found to exist by DPS and an accident reconstructionist, no charges were filed. But these supporters disagree with the grand jury and hope to generate community support for a review.

"We are going to have a benefit rodeo to cover the lawyer cost to go to the Supreme Court," says Scrogum.

The district attorney's office says the grand jury's decision closes the criminal investigation in this case. However, Les Macias, whose 11 year old son died in the collision, says he is meeting with attorney's to see if any other type of legal case can be brought against the driver.

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