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Drunk driving victim: 'I will never see her'

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Yeshihareg Abebe was in the last car hit by an accused drunk driver on a hit-and-run spree. She spoke about the events for the first time on Thursday.

Abebe was driving with her mom, Mintiwab Woldyohannes, on Highway 78 in Snellville when they were hit from behind on Jan. 23. Woldyohannes died at the scene.

This week, prosecutors charged Michael Snider, 70, with 29 crimes including felony murder. Snider is accused of hitting 15 vehicles in Dekalb and Gwinnett counties. After he hit Abebe, officers said Snider swerved and came to a stop when he hit the front of a nearby restaurant.

Abebe said she does not remember the night of the crash. She said her pastor did not tell her about her mother's death until she was out of the hospital and rehabilitation center.

Abebe is the oldest of eight children and said she and her mother were very close. She missed her mother's funeral and the family is planning a second memorial.

Since she got out of the rehabilitation center in February, Abebe's three children have taken care of her. She has pain and limited movement from her neck to her right hand, and can no longer work as a waitress.

Abebe said she wants people to know her story.

"I'm glad he's charged, not because my mom passed, because maybe it will be a lesson for other drunk drivers. But, it (Snider's charges) doesn't bring any peace to me because what's done is done. I'm not going to see her (mom). I'm not going to find her," said Abebe.

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