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Four Family Members Killed in Panhandle Accident, 14 Year-Old Survives

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Zora Asberry
NewsWest 9

A 14-year-old Hobbs boy is in intensive care at a Lubbock hospital. The teen was the only survivor of a deadly crash that took the lives his four family members. 

They were on their way back home to Hobbs, New Mexico after spending the Thanksgiving holiday with their family in Denver, CO.

NewsWest 9 spoke with Ruth Olson, the aunt of survivor, Louis Torres Jr. and she shared her final moments with the family before their tragic accident.

"They came for Thanksgiving to pick up all the furniture they had in Denver. We were just packing and having a good time with the family," Olson said. 

Father Louis David Torres Sr., wife Dalila Torres, and daughters Rebecca and Damaris, died shortly before midnight on Saturday. Police say that a pick-up crossed the center line and struck the family's Chevy van causing both vehicles to go up in flames.

"We went there on Saturday to say goodbye. They said bye and told us they were going to come back to see us in December. We hoped that maybe they would come to see us in December again," Olson said. 

Their oldest daughter, Rebecca was coming of age at 20 years old and their youngest child, Damaris, was just 10 years old. The Torres family is survived by Louis Torres Jr., age 14, who is in critical condition at a hospital in Lubbock.

"I would like to bring him to my house but we're not sure if that's going to be possible. He's in the hospital in very intensive care because he broke his back and is having complications with his lungs," Olson said. 

Even through tragedy, Ruth is still able to maintain faith that her sister and family are now in a better place. 

"They were Christians. They were Christians all their lives. I have trust that I'm going to see them again. I am going to see them when I go to heaven too," Olson said.

The funeral is set to take place this Friday in Andrews.  

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