Grieving family wants answers

37-year-old Sia Byass

May 31, 2011 7:59:55 PM PDT
The family of 5-year-old Nadia Hines is still grieving her loss, but they also are looking for answers as to why a Raleigh woman crashed her car into the girl while she was playing.

Now, the woman's family wants to meet with Hines' father.

Sia Byass, 37, is charged in the crash that killed Hines. She says she lost control of her car as she drove down New Hope Road but doesn't know why.

Police say after Bias lost control, she crashed into a steep driveway in front of the home where Nadia and other children were playing.

"Just, words cannot express right now how I feel right now," Hines' father, Harvey, said.

He is still wondering what happened.

"If she was fumbling in the car or texting, I mean, just come on out and say you made a mistake," Harvey said.

Byass did not want to go on camera. Her family tells ABC11 Eyewitness News she is distraught and had no medical condition that would have caused the crash. Byass' family also says it hopes to meet with Nadia's family.

Harvey says he's willing.

"We want some answers," he said. "We want to know exactly what was going on in her mind during the time before this incident occurred."

Byass was charged with reckless driving, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and having unsafe tires. She was released on a $15,000 bond.

Harvey says he is still planning Nadia's funeral and has set up a fund to help with expenses. The fund is in Nadia's name at the State Employees' Credit Union.

Byass is scheduled to make a court appearance on July 19.

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