Grandmother of 10-year-old killed while walking: 'I don't have no animosity'
JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- The grandmother of Alena Clay describes the 10-year-old as an "old soul" who loved to sing, swim, and pray.
JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Alena Clay was preparing to start fifth grade at Cochrane Elementary.
Her grandmother, Patricia Clay describes the 10-year-old as an "old soul" who loved to sing, swim, and pray.
The young girl was known by the nickname "Annie".
"She just turned 10 on May 31. We were only allotted ten years of this little life," Patricia Clay said.
Jeffersontown Police say Tuesday night a drunk driver hit Clay and her 16-year-old friend, Tyeisha Lacy while the two were in a bicycle lane along Taylorsville Road. They were with two other friends at the time.
Clay died at the scene. Lacy, who attended Liberty High School, was pronounced dead at Kosair Children's Hospital.
Another girl suffered non life-threatening injuries, but was treated at Kosair Children's Hospital.
"Annie did what God sent her here to do," said Patricia Clay. "He called her home. It's so simple. She died instantly. He called her home."
The alleged driver, 26-year-old Juan Carlos Ortega-Santos was arrested Wednesday morning. He is charged with two counts of murder, one count of first degree assault, one count of first degree wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving without a license and failing to maintain insurance.
According to an arrest report, Ortega-Santos confessed to having two to three drinks between 7 and 7:30 Tuesday night -- but by 12:30 in the morning, three hours after the crash, his blood alcohol lingered at .20 -- two-and-a-half times the legal limit.
“I don’t have no animosity. All I feel is pain, missing my granddaughter," said Patricia Clay.
Ortega-Santos had no driver's license or insurance, according to police -- and he allegedly told officers he did not know how the accident happened.
"That man is in Hell already. He's gotta be. If he can hit little girls and see that and know the guilt of it, he's already in Hell,” said Patricia Clay. "But I do know that death and life lie in God's hands, so he might've been in the vehicle but God just took her home."
The first court appearance for Ortega-Santos is scheduled for Thursday.
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