Crash victim leaves behind son; pregnant wife speaks out about teen driver

It was a tragic scene; a 17-year-old boy plowed into two men with his car after he lost control and jumped the curb.

The victims were neighbors having a conversation in front of their home when out of nowhere they were struck and killed.

Now the family of one of the victims is speaking out, what makes this even more tragic is one of the victims was about to become a father again.

His family has a message for the young man behind the wheel.

31-year-old Daniel Mills leaves behind a son and pregnant wife. He was just standing in front of his home talking to a friend when a teenage driver hit and killed them both.

His family says they're not angry at the teen, rather they're focused on saying goodbye to their loved one, and at the same time, preparing to welcome his baby girl.

"I was sad and mad, and just really, really sad," said Travis Everett.

12-year-old Travis is coping with the tragic reality that he will never see his father again.

"He was really funny, he would always make me laugh, and others laugh," said Travis.

31-year-old Daniel Mills was preparing to become a father for the second time, and his family was excited to finally welcome a baby girl. His wife who is pregnant is left devastated.

"Daniel's gonna have the first granddaughter in the family; she's due in September," said Matt Mills, the victim's brother.

Police say the victims didn't have time to get out of the way, a 17-year-old failed to negotiate the turn and plowed into both men.

The driver was given a sobriety test at the scene, then released to his parents.

Family members believe impairment and/or distracted driving could be factors.

"I hope that he is remorseful for what has happened, I want to send a message to everybody; don't get distracted by other things in your vehicle," said Mills.

He says they don't harbor any hatred toward the teen who killed their brother. Rather they hope one day his unborn daughter will know of her father's loving and generous spirit.

"His heart, his huge heart, his compassion for everybody," said Mills.

Daniel will be remembered at a service Friday. Meanwhile, several of his friends and co-workers are hosting fundraisers, hoping to raise money and get donations of clothes, diapers, and other baby items for Daniel's wife and kids.

If you would like to help visit: http://www.gofundme.com/danielmillsfamily
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