Reporting Mike Hellgren
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The father of a little girl killed in a devastating, head-on Beltway collision remembered her life Tuesday. He spoke publicly about the incident for the first time.
Mike Hellgren has more.
Those close to Lily Jo Kelley gathered in a parking lot not far from the Curtis Creek Bridge on the Beltway where the 3-year-old died in a crash Thanksgiving weekend. It also injured her mom and 2-month-old sister.
“Memorializing the spot where my daughter lost her life, man. You know, this is where we’re placing our wreath and just going to get on about our day. Try to move on,” said Lily Jo’s father, Pat Kelley.
Police say the driver of the other car, a 21-year-old woman named Victoria DeAngelo was going the wrong way on the Outer Loop.
An autopsy revealed DeAngelo had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in her bloodstream, along with a painkiller.
“The support has been phenomenal, and the difficulty is unspeakable,” said Kelley.
Kelley and several dozen others rode motorcycles along the route this New Year’s Day. With the pain still so fresh, they don’t know if it will ever go away.
“It’s very devastating for anyone to lose a child, especially a 3-year-old. It’s unfathomable,” said Jessica Stiltz, a family friend.
DeAngelo’s family has declined to comment on the incident.
Lily Jo’s mother has severe injuries to her legs. She is still recovering.