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Woman, child killed in car accident on Interstate 20 in Kaufman County

There are 18 comments on the The Dallas Morning News story from Mar 1, 2009, titled Woman, child killed in car accident on Interstate 20 in Kaufman County. In it, The Dallas Morning News reports that:

A woman and child were killed Sunday in a car accident along Interstate 20 in Kaufman County, police said.

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Since: Jan 09

Tyler, TX

#1 Mar 2, 2009
A lady that I work with drove by after this wreck happend. She said that it looked really bad. It tramatized her and her friends.I hate that htis happend to this family.May God be with their family.
pjl

Cleveland, MS

#2 Mar 2, 2009
I was one car behind this truck. He volted left accelerated speed and went across the median. He made no attempt to correct his actions. If he had he could have stayed in the median and hit no one.
My family cried seeing this accident. That is the worst I have seen. May God give this family many friends and peace in time. Our love and prayers are with you.
kwilkie66

Longview, TX

#3 Mar 2, 2009
I did not see the accident,but was about 30 cars behind it, stopped on the interstate. I was on my way home to Longview. After sitting there for about 45 minutes, I knew it had to be something very very bad. I am a grandmother and have my grandson with me often. I can't imagine the hurt this family is feeling. It is breaking my heart to think about it.
May God be with this family and help them to heal from such a sinceless event.
My Love and Prayers are with you.
Betsy

Wichita Falls, TX

#4 Mar 2, 2009
I worked with this lady years ago and she was so full of life and loved her kids and grandchildren so very much.....it is so sad....my thoughts and prayers go out to the family....
BRANDI

AOL

#5 Mar 2, 2009
WE WERE COMING HOME FROM SHREVPORTN AND WERE BACKED UP FROM TRAFFIC ON THE WEST BOUND SIDE DUE TO ON LOOKERS. WHEN WE PASSED THE ACCIDENT WE SEEN IT WAS BAD WE KNEW THERE WAS A DEATH BECUASE THEY STILL HAD THE WHITE SHEET OVER THE VICTIOMS I PRAYED FOR THE FAMILY AND HOPE AND PRAY FOR THERE PEACE. PLEASE DONT DRINK & DRIVE
stephen

Denver, CO

#6 Mar 2, 2009
i am the uncle of the little boy who was killed in this accident. thanks to all of you for the prayers for my family.his name is Keaton Lambert.
Shanda

Tyler, TX

#7 Mar 3, 2009
Me and my husband were exiting eastbound onto I20 when we seen a line of cars exiting off of 80 into Terrell. We did not know what happened but did notice that they had closed the east side of I20 comepletely. My heart goes out to this family. Had I had seen this accident, I would be tramatized for life. My heart aches just know that this woman and her grandchild lost their lives due to neglegence and alcohol. I cried just reading all the blogs about it. My husband and I both wondered what had happened and I learned just this morning of the accident but did not know that this woman and her precious grandson had been killed. I have a 2yr old son also and I don't know what I would have done if that would have been my mother and my son in that car. GOD, please bless this family as they are in their time of grief. Only YOU can provide confort to them now. In JESUS name I pray. AMEN
friend

Denton, TX

#8 Mar 11, 2009
I have been praying nonstop for Kristy and Keith. I cannot imagine losing my mother and son at once. Keith and Kristy loved Keaton more than anything and I pray that God will comfort them in this time.
Friend of JAMES KING

Celina, TX

#9 May 20, 2010
I have known James for many years and he would not have wished the outcome of what he did on anyone. Do not be so quick to judge him. Most of us at one time or another in our lives have gotten tipsy - or flat out drunk - and put ourselves behind the wheel of a car. I'm guilty of that and this could have easily been me behind that wheel or any one of you if you are truly honest with yourselves. I'm not trying to minimize the loss of life..that's a terrible thing. James' punishment was way too harsh by the court system and the jurors. He is not a drunk or an alcoholic or a bad person. He is a loving husband, father, brother, son and friend who will now spend 20 years of his life behind bars - which will do nothing to bring back those whose lives he took. I will stand behind him knowing he will live with the pain of what he's done forever and knowing that his heart is filled with a deep sense of regret and remorse. A lot of lives were torn apart on that tragic day. I did not know the victims but I do know James and I will stand by him. He is not a monster but a man who made a very bad decision and is paying way too high a price for it. :-(
Friend of Keaton

Longview, TX

#10 May 23, 2010
Just because he "would not have wished the outcome of what he did on anyone" doesn't change the outcome of what he did. He took the lives of two innocent people just because he didn't care enough of others to not drive while drinking. One was a 5 year old little boy. The only child of his mom. A beautiful little boy who was full of life. The other was a loving mom, and grandmother. He took these two lives, and the fact is- he could have kept it from happening.

And no- I have not EVER driven while "a little tipsy" or "flat out drunk". Anyone who does is an idiot. As many stories as there are about drunk driving accidents and how many deaths occur, I can't understand why anyone would do this. I would hope you wouldn't ever do that again either.
Keatons Cousin

Wichita Falls, TX

#11 May 24, 2010
I don't believe 20 years is too harsh. I truely hope he spends everyday of the 40 years..it still wouldn't be enough for the family that lost our family members. You are right, it will not bring them back, but they deserve justice. When James King was asked in the courtroom what kind of punishment he would want if it had been his son and mother, his response was "severe"! I understand he is your friend, and it would be hard to see him go to prison for 40 years, but at least you can go see him in prison, we don't get to see Keaton and Carolyn. As Carolyn's daughter said at the trial, if she wants to go talk to her mom she now has to go to the cemetery to do it. She has to take little Keaton his easter eggs and put them by his grave. We can't write them letters and get ones back or send birthday cards. You can do that still with James King. He took our family members from us. You may not be able to see James King everyday but you CAN still see him. You can say it was a bad decision and it was...but everyone know's if you drink and drive and kill someone there is a punishment to pay. You know that before you even get in your vehicle. He is now paying that price.
And just like the Friend of Keaton, I can say i have NEVER driven while "a little tipsy" or "flat out drunk" and I agree people are ignorant that do! Maybe if more of these sentences were passed down people would think more before getting in their vehicles after drinking. It's not hard to get a designated driver or call a cab.
I do hate it for James' family. They have also in ways lost their friend, father, husband, son, but it was his decision that did that....Carolyn and Keaton did nothing to have this happen to them. Look at the side that at least you can still see him and talk to him and you know one day he will be out to be with you again and you aren't having to go to the cememtery to talk to him.
Think of it from the Victim's side and it was your mom and son that were killed, you wouldn't want the maximum punishment given? You would be okay with the person who took your 5 year old son and mother from you getting off on only probabtion?!?!? or only 5 years??? is their life not worth more than that???? To us Keaton and Carolyn's life was worth much more that 40 years. in 40 years, Keaton would only be 45 about the age King was when he made this bad decision. He had so much life to live and was robbed of the chance to live it by James King's bad decision.
Friend of JAMES KING

Celina, TX

#12 May 24, 2010
I do hear what everyone is saying and just so you know...I, too, have lost a family member - a brother - due to alcohol but I chose to allow forgiveness over vengeance. Forgiveness puts me at peace. I will continue to fight for James' freedom and do all I can to try to minimize his time behind bars. Every time I visit my brother's grave it is with sadness and a heavy heart. He should not be gone. So..you see..I do see it from the other side. More so then try to seek vindication from the perpetrator, I turned it around and asked myself "What made this person to turn alcohol in the first place? What kind of life has he led that he is choosing alcohol which puts himself and others at risk?". It's the compassionate person in me. My brother was just as full of life as your loved ones were. He was a husband, father, grandfather, son, uncle, brother and best friend. He had so much going for him and so much more to accomplish. We all want someone to "pay" when bad things happen..that's human nature. What Judge Tygrett did by stacking James' sentences was unjust and unfair and I will work with his attorney in any way I can to try to overturn it. There is hope and I will take any small glimmer of it at this point. Judge Tygrett is well known in Kaufman County for his irrational decision-making and James' sentence will not be the first that an attorney has been able to reduce. Judge Tygrett is a very self-serving and egotistical man. That will be his demise one day. Be that as it may, I will continue to stand by James. I only wish I had been in the courtroom and allowed to speak on his behalf.
Friend of JAMES KING

Celina, TX

#13 May 24, 2010
P.S. I miss my brother every day. My heart aches for him. It's been over two years and it's just as hard emotionally as if it were yesterday. For those responsible for his death I asked the powers that be not to place them behind bars and in shackles but to give them help and show them that life doesn't have to be lived inside a drunken haze. Thank goodness somebody listened.
Judge Howard Tygrett

Carrollton, TX

#14 Oct 1, 2010
Friend of James King had it right when he said that "Judge Tygrett is a very self-serving and egotistical man."

There are many horror stories here in Kaufman concerning the parent/child relationships Tygrett has ripped apart in his courtroom.

His day in the ultimate court of all courts is coming soon. Thank God!
Friend of JAMES KING

United States

#15 Oct 8, 2010
Thank you...whoever you are in Arlington, Texas...for your support. Please feel free to pass along Judge Tygrett's email address:

***** [email protected] *****

I'm sure there are MANY who would love the opportunity to unleash their fury on him.

Let's also not forget the Assistant Kaufman County DA who kissed Tygrett's ass during the trial and was party to this injustice - Cameron Cowan.

***** [email protected] *****

May they both rot!!
KAREN

Bowie, TX

#16 Oct 19, 2012
Friend of JAMES KING wrote:
I have known James for many years and he would not have wished the outcome of what he did on anyone. Do not be so quick to judge him. Most of us at one time or another in our lives have gotten tipsy - or flat out drunk - and put ourselves behind the wheel of a car. I'm guilty of that and this could have easily been me behind that wheel or any one of you if you are truly honest with yourselves. I'm not trying to minimize the loss of life..that's a terrible thing. James' punishment was way too harsh by the court system and the jurors. He is not a drunk or an alcoholic or a bad person. He is a loving husband, father, brother, son and friend who will now spend 20 years of his life behind bars - which will do nothing to bring back those whose lives he took. I will stand behind him knowing he will live with the pain of what he's done forever and knowing that his heart is filled with a deep sense of regret and remorse. A lot of lives were torn apart on that tragic day. I did not know the victims but I do know James and I will stand by him. He is not a monster but a man who made a very bad decision and is paying way too high a price for it.:-(
Friend of James King, you obviously weren't at the trial, he was not and to this day is not sorry or remorseful for what he did to my grandson and his memaw. And it really irritates me to hear people like you say that every one has put there self in that kind of position. I am 51 years old and I have never gotten behind the wheel of a vehicle after having too much to drink. Granted I don't drink now and never did much but I was smart enough not to drive when I did. And in my opinion he is not serving to harsh a sentence for murdering two people!
MRT

Abilene, TX

#17 Jul 8, 2016
Keaton was my baby cousin. We still think of him often. I remember my mom crying in the restroom when my dad told her what happened. I will never forget all the pain and suffering I witnessed for months following it. They will always be missed.
Keatons cousin

Abilene, TX

#18 Jul 8, 2016
Keaton was my baby cousin. We still think of him often. I remember my mom crying in the restroom when my dad told her what happened. I will never forget all the pain and suffering I witnessed for months following it. I will always be angered at the man who so selfishly killed two innocent people because he couldn't get a freakin DD. I wish the sentence was much worse, but he will get what's his eventually. I hope him a good life for the remainder of his life here, because he will eventually have to answer for it.

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