GREEN RIVER Wyoming (ABC4 Utah) – Friday morning baby Stella was playing with her toys on the living room floor.
Her great-grandmother, Debra Devries was there and so were others including her grandparents and an aunt.
Then tragedy struck.
Police said a drunk driver crashed into their home killing Devries instantly while Stella was severely injured. The one-year old was flown to Salt Lake’s Primary Children’s Hospital where she died.
“She (Stella) was in the middle of her living room playing with her toys,” said her father Ian Doak. “Her great-grandmother was on a recliner. That doesn’t make any sense.
Police arrested the driver, 68-year old George Maestas. Monday he was charged with two counts of automobile homicide and DUI.
The Doak family chose not to comment about the alleged drunk driver but instead focused on their baby girl.
“She (Devries) started calling her baby angel,” said Sami Doak. “I am glad she is with grandma and they’re watching over us. I know they are.”
The day before her death, Stella had celebrated her first birthday. Friday she was gone.
“I just want to tell her I miss her,” said Sami Doak who broke into tears.
Inside the home were other family members, including Frank and Suzette Johnson. They are Sami Doak’s parents and the grandparents of baby Stella.
The one-year old ended up next to Suzette when the scene turned chaotic and both were pinned.
“At this point I could feel Stella moving and whining because she was stuck underneath the coach and the truck as well,” said Suzette Johnson. “They were under each other. She was pinned under my leg.”
She said neither could move because the truck was preventing them from moving.
Frank Johnson was struck first by the SUV and the impact sent him directly to Devries. He remembered seeing the driver.
“He got out of the truck and then a little bit later, I can’t really comment,” Johnson said.
Maestas was seen wandering outside when he was arrested.
During her short year, Stella shined for the family, winning a Wyoming baby pageant. The title earned Stella a trip to Texas to compete in the national pageant.
“She did a lot in her one-year,” said her mother. “I’m really proud of her. She’s my baby girl.”
The Doak’s said a double-funeral service will be held Monday at the local LDS Stake in Green River with viewing Sunday night.
They also are grateful for the many tributes and support offered from members of the community.
A GoFundMe account has been setup for Stella Doak.
Meanwhile, George Maestas remains in a Sweetwater County Jail. His bail was set at one million dollars cash.