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Amid frustration, Stop DUI aiding crash victims' families

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More information is coming to light concerning the victims and the driver involved in a deadly bus stop crash on Thursday morning.

A memorial at the crash scene on Spring Mountain Road near Decatur Boulevard continues to grow. Perfect strangers have been stopping by, leaving flowers, candles and other items.

Police said the driver, Gary Lee Hosey Jr., 23, was drunk when he killed four people and injured eight. At least one local advocacy group wants him locked up for good.

"You wonder, what are we missing? How many times do we have to say it?" asked Stop DUI's Sandy Heverly.

Heverly has been trying to get the message about the dangers of drinking and driving out for years. She is now working with the families of the victims of Thursday's crash. She's made arrangements to fly the mother of victim Johnni Garner, 49, in from her home in Oklahoma.

"Now she's coming bury her daughter – and why? Because this fool chose to drive under the influence," Heverly said.

According to Metro police, Hosey was behind the wheel of a Chevy Monte Carlo when he lost control, striking the bus stop at a high rate of speed. Hosey was treated and released from Sunrise Hospital Friday afternoon.

"This individual (Hosey) has had brushes with the law in the past," said Metro's Bill Cassell.

Cassell said that history includes arrests for possession of marijuana, obstructing a police officer, lewd conduct and larceny.

"These poor people who have to take the bus… it's open season on these people," Heverly said.

Thursday did not mark the first time someone was killed at a valley bus stop. In 2008, a woman was run down by Steven Murray, a man who had four prior DUI convictions. In 2005, a bus stop crash killed four pedestrians.

The coroner has identified those who died Thursday as Johnni Lee Garner, 49; Gerber Herman Ayala-Tomasino Jr., 24; Margoth Gonzalez, 65; Hyon Cooley, 47. Their deaths have been ruled accidental, a result of blunt force injuries.

Stop DUI said it will provide help for the victims' families, including rent payment and funeral expenses. However, the organization said it will not help the four injured passengers who chose to ride in the car with Hosey.

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