‘Like an explosion’: Texas mom dies when rock crashes through windshield
Courtesy of the Flores family(TEMPLE, Texas) — The family of Keila Flores, who was killed after someone threw a rock from a highway overpass that blasted through the windshield of the vehicle she was in, made a desperate plea for justice on Monday, asking the suspect to come forward and confess.
Flores, 33, on Saturday night was riding in the front passenger seat as her boyfriend, Christopher Rodriguez, drove, with her three children sitting behind her, when someone heaved a large rock from a railroad-track overpass and onto Interstate 35 in Temple, Texas, police said.
“It was a loud impact, almost like an explosion, that went off in the car — I didn’t know what it was,” Rodriguez told Good Morning America, in an interview airing Monday. “When it impacted the car, my instinct was to turn away, not knowing what happened. When I looked over to my right I see Keila just laying there with no response.”
Rodriguez pulled over and flagged down someone to help administer CPR, but Flores didn’t respond. She was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead the next day.
“It’s very frustrating. There’re so many emotions, like anger. You just kind of want to take things into your own hands, knowing that’s not the right thing,” Rodriguez said on GMA. “I know there are certain steps the police have to take. I know eventually they will catch the person who did this and justice will come.”
He said it’s been a struggle to explain the bizarre accident to Flores’ three children, who were in the backseat when the rock struck the vehicle.
“It’s something you don’t forget,” Rodriguez said. “I just hope that it doesn’t affect them in the long run, and that they will realize what a good mother they had.”
Flores’ older brother, John Flores, described his sister as great mother, fun-loving, the life of the party.
“Regardless of us losing our sister, we’re still a family. We plan to continue on the same path — live life to the fullest and ensure that her children are enjoying life,” John Flores said. “We’ll talk to them, from time to time, about who she was as an individual and share those memories with them.”
The victim’s younger brother, Luis Flores, said the situation still feels “unreal.”
“I wish it was a very long dream,” Flores said. “I still don’t believe it because that day we talked on the phone and we texted before everything happened. It’s just unreal. I don’t understand it.”
The family said investigators interviewed a person of interest in the case, but the police have not released any additional details.
Officers with the Temple Police Department, which is investigating the case, said it is being probed as a homicide. It said anyone with information or surveillance footage from the area should contact the department immediately.
Rodriguez said he’s confident authorities will find the person responsible.
“Her death won’t be in vain. Justice will take over, and I do believe that they will do their job and they will find this person,” Rodriguez said.
Flores’ younger brother shared a similar sentiment.
“I just hope they catch this individual,” Luis Flores said. “She didn’t deserve that. No one deserves that.”
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