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Family still struggles year after fiery fatal crash

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The taxi cab was almost unrecognizable. Its yellow paint burned off. By any account, the crash was horrific.

A year later, the memories of a terrible Indiana crash along Hwy. 111 in Floyd County still haunt one family, as Charles Michael Barlow - the man police say is responsible - prepares for his day in court.

More than a year after the crash, the widow of one of the crash victims says her family is still struggling with the loss. Angela Roby agreed to be interviewed not only to keep the memory of her husband, Michael, fresh in the public eye, but also to call attention to the dangers of alcohol and high speed.

"He had to be identified by his teeth," Angela Roby told WDRB News in a lengthy interview Sunday. "Not only did I have to tell (my children) that daddy is dead, but you can't see him. The coroner highly recommended we not see him. And my daughter said: 'why can't they fix it, why can't they fix it.'"

Court documents reveal Barlow drank before the crash along Highway 111 on October 29, 2012. Even though authorities said Barlow smelled of alcohol, prosecutor Keith Henderson said speed may have played more of role in the crash that took the lives of 31-year old Michael Roby, and his friends 39-year old Tara Crump-Hirsekorn and 23-year old Laura Weigand (who was also said to be Barlow's girlfriend at the time). The driver of the Cadillac, Thomas Stinson Jr., was also killed.

Police say Barlow was drunk and speeding when he crossed the center line. He now faces four counts of reckless homicide.

Indiana court records show Barlow's trial is set for next month. He's being held in the Floyd County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond. A voicemail left at his attorney's office Sunday was not immediately returned.

A call placed for prosecutor Keith Henderson was not returned before news time.

"This still matters to us, we don't want vengeance, we want justice," Angela Roby said.

More than a year after the crash, Angela Roby says she is still affected by the images. She still holds on pieces of the crash site -- including Laura's burnt up license and wallet.

"Her birth date is on there and you see a little bit of her name," Roby said pointing to the license that's nearly melted away.

"I don't want them to be forgotten, they were loved very much and missed very dearly," she said.

Angela Roby says her children are in counseling, and are still struggling with the loss of their father.

"You can't just take four lives and there be no consequences, we have consequences," Angela Roby said.

Among them -- a mother still struggling to explain to an eight year old why they can't simply fix it.

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