Investigators: Drunk Driver Killed 2 Little Girls

Liz Dorland

Investigators: Drunk Driver Killed 2 Little Girls

CREATED Oct. 10, 2012

Irvington, NE --  A small memorial and crushed brush are the only signs of a horrible crash at 87th and Quest Street that killed two little girls early Wednesday morning.  Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the sad scene shortly after midnight.  4-year old Laela Torry and her older sister 5-year old Melea Skye Torry both died at the scene. 

Heartbreak for the families of little Laela and Melea Skye Torry.  "We lost two angels and it wasn't their time to go yet," said cousin Chrishawn Mimms.

Sitting in a waiting room at the Nebraska Medical Center, the girls father Blake Tooley quietly said, "I just want my babies back, that's it. That's it."

His daughter Laela was with her older sister Mela Skye and 15-month old Brielle when the car they were riding in crashed.  Laela and Mela were killed after being thrown out of the red SUV.  Tooley got the phone call at 4:00a.m.  "It's the worst phone call you could get," he admitted.

35-year old Christopher Phelps was behind the wheel of that red SUV.  Douglas County Sheriff's investigators believe Phelps was drunk when he and the girls mother, 28-year old Chanelle Torry got into an argument.   Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said Phelps's blood alcohol level was .16, well over the legal limit.

Mimm's said Chanelle wanted to go home with her kids.  "Before she could get her kids strapped in, he was trying to leave her.  So she jumped in the car to be with her kids, and she asked him to turn and he went straight," explained Mimms.

Laela and Mela had "free spirits".   "They loved to play. they loved to joke around they loved to have fun," said Mimms.

The girls' family had planned to celebrate their birthday's this weekend.   Tooley pointed to a picture of his girls and said, "This is Laela, she just turned 4 on September 30th. That's Mela, she just turned 5 yesterday."

Now they're forced to plan for their untimely death.  More than a dozen friends and some family gathered inside north Omaha's Club Seville for an impromptu fundraiser.  Standing around the bar, everyone raised a glass and said, "Here's two our two little angles okay, to Laela and Mela. May they rest in peace. We love you."

Phelps is charged with two counts of Felony Vehicular Homicide. He is expected to be in court Thursday. 

A fund has been set-up to help the family bury the girls.  To help you can call visit: http://divas4lifesc.com/

Reported By: Liz Dorland, ldorland@action3news.com
 

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