SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The family of Wes Abney remains in a state of shock after a woman learning how to drive ran him over in the yard of his Spokane Valley home Tuesday.
36-year-old Claudia Salazar was driving on Glenn near the intersection of 32nd and Glenn Road around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when she got her pedals mixed up and hit the accelerator instead of the brake and went into Wesley Abney's yard and ran him over.
His daughter Lottie Abney got the sad news right after she got off work.
"My mother called me and told me to drop what I was doing and come home I didn't know what was going on or anything, I came home to find my dad underneath the vehicle dead," she said. Her world has been turned upside down over the last 48 hours.
"It's still a shock, I just want to believe that he is still here but he's not."
Through his tough time, Lottie's trying her best to stay composed.
"It's really hard because I wake up and see my mom in tears and I am just trying to be strong," she said.
In the yard, you'll find candles and flowers paying tribute to Wes.
"He was always there for everybody, he was loving, caring," Lottie said.
Lottie and her father always had a strong bond. "I was always a daddy's girl."
No charges have been filed against Salazar. A toxicology report from Salazar is expected to come back in about a month, but investigators are almost certain that drugs and alcohol weren't a factor and that this was simply just a freak accident.
Lottie knows Salazar will have to deal with this for the rest of her life.
"I know she is going to suffer just like we are even though she didn't know him like we did," Lottie said.
In the end, Lottie hopes this unfortunate event teaches this new driver a lesson.
"I just hope that she drives more safe."
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