Family of Hobbs Victims in Alleged Drunk Driving Crash Speak Out

Family of Hobbs Victims in Alleged Drunk Driving Crash Speak Out

By Geena Martinez

NewsWest 9

HOBBS, N.M. - A Hobbs family is speaking out after two of their loved ones were killed in an alleged alcohol-related crash over the weekend. It's not the first time this type of tragedy has struck their family.

"Just the most giving, loving people that you'd ever meet," Raymon Lebya said. "Angels on Earth. God called them home to be angels in heaven but they were angels here."

Brothers, Raymon and Roman Lebya, are remembering their cousin, Priscilla Mungia, and her daughter Viviana, as a loving mother and spunky little girl.

Raymon said Priscilla was more like his sister and Viviana was his goddaughter.

The two were killed Friday night after an alleged drunk driver crashed head on into their car.

"He hit the median and flipped over and was skidding on his side for over 200 yards and my sister came in and just hit him directly," Roman said.

Hobbs Police said 27-year-old Keevisen Gould was behind the wheel. He's been charged with two counts of homicide by motor vehicle and one count of great bodily harm by motor vehicle.

Gould's passenger was seriously hurt in the crash.

The family said Priscilla was the peacemaker of the bunch and little Viviana loved to laugh and dance ballet folklorico.

"It's like a part of me has been ripped out," Raymon said.

"I was just devastated," Roman said. "I couldn't stop crying but I know they're in a better place."

Sadly, this tragedy has re-opened an old wound for the family.

In 1980, Priscilla's mother was killed by a drunk driver. Now that they're left with just memories, Roman and Raymon are pleading with the public to think twice before drinking and driving.

"There's so many people out there that are willing to get you home, get your car home," Raymon said. "There's no reason why you should drive a car drunk."

The brothers said they're a strong, close-knit family who won't forget what happened but they said they will forgive.

"We're all human, we all make mistakes. He made a very big mistake," Raymon said. "We do forgive him and we know that God will judge him."

The family said they need help with funeral costs so they're holding a fundraiser at Super Mercado in Midland on Saturday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

You can also call the family if you're interested in donating at (432) 349-5004.