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Remembering Heubert Browning
SOUTHEAST TEXAS- By Haley Bull
The widow of a man in his 90's killed in a car wreck in Tyler County spoke out for the first time Wednesday about her husband, Heubert Browning, and the teen that crashed into her family's car. Despite their age, she said the couple still had big plans ahead of them.
"This is the day he and I got married," Lydia Browning said, pointing to a picture of the couple. They spent 63 years together.
"My husband was 93 years old and he told a friend that he wanted to be, he wanted to live to be 106 years old, and I think, it took my baby away," Browning said. "He may not have reached 106 but wanted to do that."
It was a future the elderly couple looked forward to, cut short.
"I remember saying oh my God when it first hit," Browning said.
May 3rd, the couple and their nephew were coming home from a visitation for a relative. Investigators said a 17-year old driver ran into the back of the Browning's car on FM-92 near Fred. First responders took Heubert Browning to a hospital, he'd suffered critical injuries. The next day, he passed away.
Now, Lydia looks to her future without her husband by her side.
"My daughter graduating from Lamar College, that was our goal and that's what we were gonna do this Saturday," she said. "It's gonna be sad because Daddy won't be there."
The cross on the side of the road remains Wednesday afternoon, a reminder to drivers passing by.
"Highway 92, is dangerous," Browning said.
A dangerous road, an older man's life taken, a 17-year old now facing possible charges.
"She should have been paying her mind to what she was doing. I feel sorry for her in a way, in a way, I don't," Browning said.
Anger and compassion from a woman separated from her husband for the first time in six decades.
If she had another moment with him?
"I would tell him I love him and we would go on," she said.
The case is in the Tyler County District Attorney's Office for review. A grand jury will decide whether to indict the teen driver.