Sulphur residents charged in fatal Colo. crash - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Sulphur residents charged in fatal Colo. crash

Sulphur father and son were operating a semi-truck when the vehicle swerved and struck two women on the shoulder of a Colorado highway.

Texas residents 38-year-old Amanda Omo-Iyamu and 48-year-old Shun Jones were changing a flat tire on the shoulder of the highway. Both women died from the accident. Omo-Iyamu died on the scene and Jones died in a hospital.

"I just saw my cousin flying and my mom flying," Jones' son LaMarcus Lockett said. Lockett was in the car when the accident happened.

"I was like Mandy, just stay with me. And I saw mama and I was telling mama just pray, just call on Jesus and she kept saying 'Jesus, Jesus," Lockett said.

The driver, 16-year-old Tristan Martin, was driving the truck while his father Michel sat passenger. According to law enforcement in Colorado, following the accident, Tristan was picked up by a second party and left the scene. Michel told Colorado police he was the driver of the truck.

The truth was uncovered and Michel was charged with a misdemeanor count of false reporting and Tristan was charged with two felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident where death was involved and two misdemeanor counts of careless driving causing death.

Both have been released on bail and are due back in court in August. 

To the families of the victims, the suspect's mother Mandy Martin spoke out.

"I can't even begin to imagine your pain. Please know you all are in our prayers constantly and for the rest of our lives because I know your pain will never go away," Martin said.

Tristan and Michel were heading to the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo. 

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