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Gloria Montoya's Grieving Family Speaks Out

Family members of 13-year-old Gloria Montoya, a teen killed in an accident along with her cousin, 18-year-old Yeni Lopez and Lopez's unborn baby, are speaking out.
Family members of 13-year-old Gloria Montoya, a teen killed in an accident along with her cousin, 18-year-old Yeni Lopez and Lopez's unborn baby, are speaking out.

It comes after learning the former Wichita Falls Police officer charged in connection with their deaths is taking some responsibility for his actions.

Teddie Whitefield is charged with three counts of manslaughter.

The crash happened on Jacksboro Highway in June 2011.

Authorities say Whitefield was on-duty, driving more than 80 miles-per-hour in a 45 miles-per-hour zone, when his police unit slammed into the car carrying the teens.

Investigators later found Whitefield was not responding to a call, and toxicology results detected four different medications in his system including Xanax.

On Friday, Whitefield waived his right to a jury trial.

He also entered judicial confessions to three counts of criminally negligent homicide, a lesser included offense of manslaughter.

Gloria's parents say while they want a fair punishment to follow, they know nothing, including that, would bring their daughter back to them.

Almost three years after Gloria was killed, Gloria's mother, Gloria Molina, and the rest of her family gathered at her tombstone to remember her life.

"I would love to see her," Molina says. "I will never get to see her again. I ask myself how she would be now at 16 years old."

Molina says Whitefield's judicial confessions mean nothing. 

"He is not taking complete responsibility. Just half way because he is not saying everything. For him it's something small but for me it's not. It's a lot. He took my daughter," Molina says.

In addition, Gloria's father, Arturo Montoya says Whitefield has caused his family a lot of pain.

"He destroyed our family. He ended everything. We don't have peace because it's a void we can never fill," Montoya says. 

He says justice has not been served.

He wants the legal system to be as fair as possible.

Montoya says, "It wouldn't return our daughter but we do want justice. If that was me, I would locked up and even be facing the death penalty."

As they await closure, Gloria's family says her memory will live in those who loved her most.

Also, Assistant District Attorney John Gillespie says the case will go to a bench trial before 30th District Judge Bob Brotherton.

Gillespie says no plea bargain has or will be offered in this case, and he'll continue to push for a guilty conviction on the manslaughter charges.

Judge Brotherton will decide if Whitefield is guilty of manslaughter or of criminally negligent homicide.

The date of the bench trial is not yet set.
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