SEGUIN, Texas - A Seguin family is trying to find forgiveness in their hearts for a young man who killed their teenage daughter in a car accident last week.
The driver, who's only 20, has a lengthy criminal record including two prior drunken driving convictions and was driving on a suspended license.
On Dec. 29, 19-year-old Amber Robbins celebrated Christmas with her family then decided to head to Gonzales to meet friends.
"She was super happy. She was going to do what she loves to do, and within 5 minutes of leaving here is when it happened," said Barry Robbins, Amber's father.
Robbins said he tried to convince his daughter to stay the night but she wouldn't budge, reminding him he would have to get used to missing her because she was heading off to college in a few weeks.
Before leaving she left a mark on the pool table with her finger.
"She walked over to the pool table, she licked her finger and she put her mark on the felt and you could see where her saliva was and and she looked at me and says, 'Dad, you're going to have to get used to missing me. That is me and whenever you miss me this is where I'm at,'" Robbins recalled.
Minutes later Amber's SUV was T-boned by a pick-up truck driven by 20-year-old Cody Lorenz.
According to police Lorenz ran a red light at Highway 46 and Kingsbury. Police told the family the impact killed Robbins instantly.
Lorenz was driving on a suspended license.
According to Guadalupe County court records he has two prior drunken driving convictions and several other arrests including minor in possession, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana. According to the records Lorenz was arrested for his first DWI in 2008 when he was just 17.
At the scene of the fatal accident officers found alcohol and pot in his truck.
On Lorenz's Facebook page the only mention of the accident is a post referring to the damage his truck suffered.
"That's all he said. Not oh my God I've taken a life of a human being. Not please pray for me. No, just 'I messed up my f-ing truck,'" Robbins said.
Despite all of that Robbins said he is trying desperately to forgive Lorenz.
"I really am and he's making it really hard," Robbins said. "I'm trying really hard to forgive him because I know as the leader of the family if I'm forgiving him, then everybody else is going to follow suit."
Cody Lorenz was not arrested the night of the accident. He was taken to a local hospital and released a few hours later.
It was not until Thursday that Seguin Police arrested Lorenz for possession of marijuana.
As of Friday evening he was still in jail on a $2,000 bond.
The family said investigators are waiting for the results of his blood draw to see if they can add more charges and keep Lorenz off the streets longer.
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