Two killed in Shelby County wreck overnight

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Eugene Hubbard remembers his niece and nephew, who died in the crash.
Eugene Hubbard remembers his niece and nephew, who died in the crash.

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - Center Police Department responded to a fatal wreck on Ellington Street in Shelby County overnight Thursday.

According to the authorities, a 2005 white Lincoln went off road when the driver lost control of the vehicle. Dechandra Hubbard Gonzales, 32, of Tenaha, was traveling south at high speed. She and the passenger, Dekova Hubbard, 36, of Center, were pronounced dead on the scene, at 12:30 a.m.

Three children, Dechandra's daughter, 13, and son, 12, and Dekova's son, 6, were in the backseat of the car. All three were flight lifted to LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport.

Their uncle, Eugene Hubbard remembers the niece and nephew he lost.

"He was a nephew that everybody would want. My niece was exactly the same way as he was. They was just like two peas in a pod, you might say," said Hubbard.

Shelby County Sheriff, Newton Johnson, reminds all motorists that they are at risk of crashing.

"Anytime you get in a vehicle, you're subject to an accident, and most accidents happen just a short ways from your home," said Johnson.

The victims were less than five miles from their home. The driver struck a tree when she lost control of the vehicle. Neither her nor her brother, the front seat passenger, were wearing seat belts.

"Be sure and buckle. Those seat belts are in there for a purpose, and they will certainly save your life," said Johnson.

Hubbard lost his mother last year and several relatives over the past five years.

"It makes me feel like it's just taking my family. Sometimes I wonder why they were together. I accept it. It's hard to say what because those were the two that loved me," said Hubbard.

He says his niece and nephew always checked on him. They had just left his house, minutes before the accident. Now, Hubbard holds on to his faith and to make it through.

"I would say that it's God's will. I can't can call it a tragic," said Hubbard.

The children are in stable condition in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit .

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