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Suspect in two fatal crashes in court, family of both victims speak

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Lymeng Lim Lymeng Lim
Pamela Leake Pamela Leake
Sabrina Townes Sabrina Townes
DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Sabrina Townes, 32, cried when she appeared in DeKalb County Magistrate Court on Tuesday. Townes was there to face charges from 2012.

She is accused of causing a fatal crash at the corner of Lawrenceville Highway and Lynburn Drive in Tucker that killed 47-year-old Lymeng Lim.

"The warrant alleges you drove a 2007 GMC Yukon where the speed limit was 45 and you were driving 83 mph," said Judge Claire Jason.

DeKalb County police have been searching for Townes for two years.

Meng Lim said he and his family visited his brother's grave on Saturday to honor him during Memorial Day weekend.

"We were just wondering when this [the search for the person responsible for his brother's death] was going to end because it's been over two years since it happened and we haven't heard a word," said Lim.

After that crash happened, Townes told investigators a man was driving and that he took off running. Police later realized Townes was driving and had her 4-month old and 5-year old children in the car with her.

They issued warrants for her arrest but never located her. Lawrenceville police arrested Townes on Sunday after they say she caused a seven-car crash that killed 39-year old Pamela Leake.

Pamela Leake's sister and relatives attended the hearing.

"She [Townes] should have never had a chance to do this to another family," said Malka Leake-Joyner.

Malka Leake-Joyner said her sister had just left work and was on her way to a barbecue. Police said Townes was impatient and tried to use the emergency lane to pass traffic. She clipped a vehicle along the way and caused a chain reaction.

"I have to go home and take care of my sister's 9-year-old son without her. The hardest thing to do is have a little boy ask you why his mother, why someone would do that to his mother and you don't have the answers to the questions," said Leake-Joyner.

The judge granted Townes a $300,000 cash-only bond. She will not get out of jail anytime soon because she still has charges pending in Gwinnett County.

Townes will be back in court on June 16 at 9 a.m.

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