Family of pregnant 18-year-old killed in Indio hit-and-run doesn’t believe justice was served

Immediately after extra than a yr of pleading for justice, the relatives of Debra Nelson ultimately did not get the result they fought for.

22-calendar year-aged Damian Flores was sentenced to six a long time Thursday following getting convicted in an Indio strike and operate that killed expecting 18-12 months-outdated Debra Nelson in March of 2021.

“I just overlook her so significantly, and which is the most difficult portion. Never currently being able to see you once again,” mentioned Nelson’s mother Darla Garcia. “I believe the justice method has unsuccessful us. The condition of California has unsuccessful us.”

Garcia claimed absolutely nothing will convey again her daughter, but she at the very least wanted justice in her name.

“I however wait for her to come residence. We hold out to listen to her voice. I will under no circumstances listen to my daughter’s voice all over again. I will never ever see your beautiful experience,” mentioned Garcia.

Debra Nelson, 18

Nelson was the passenger of the motor vehicle while Flores was driving, and he fled the scene. Once identified as the suspect, Flores was discovered responsible of multiple expenses, together with vehicular manslaughter.

“The max sentence listed here is 11 decades, and I would expect the max sentence achievable. 11 many years even now isn’t really enough for the two lives that were taken,” mentioned Garcia.

Nelson’s family members members testified prior to a choose Thursday at Flores’ sentencing hearing at the Larson Justice Center in Indio. Nelson’s mom, aunt, and more mature brother explained to the choose that Flores justifies to get the max jail sentence.

Flores is qualified for probation after a few yrs served. But Nelson’s more mature brother, Jacob Kolb, reported it is not enough.

“By his steps, he smashed her into that pole and just remaining her there to burn up,” claimed Kolb. “He’ll even now bear in mind what took spot. And that he was accountable for two lives getting dropped that day, my sister and her newborn, and he will have to stay with that.”

Just after Thursday’s hearing, Nelson’s spouse and children claimed they will go on to drive for vehicular manslaughter to be dealt with as a better criminal offense. 

“I just never imagine that they fought tough sufficient for us or my daughter,” mentioned Garcia. “I imagine that my daughter’s lifetime and my unborn grandchild’s everyday living is well worth far more than 3 yrs.”

The crash occurred on March 9, 2021. Law enforcement said Flores was driving a Dodge Dart that crashed into a electricity pole in front of the Winchell’s Donuts keep on Monroe Road, north of Freeway 111.

Nelson suffered important accidents. She was pronounced lifeless in the hospital three times later on. Law enforcement mentioned Flores ran away from the scene just before officers arrived.

Damian Antonio Flores

Flores has several rates, which includes vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and strike-and-operate resulting in loss of life/harm. He was arrested on Dec.1, 2021, soon after Indio Law enforcement investigators determined him as the vehicle’s driver.

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