West side family in mourning; driver facing charges

Sarina Sanchez, 24, charged with intoxication manslaughter

SAN ANTONIO – Charles White loved nothing more than spending time with his children.

And to make sure he'd be around for them, the 47-year-old embarked on a health kick recently, according to long-time family friend, Helen Tiseth.

It was during one of his fitness walks around 9 a.m. Monday that he was hit by a car and killed.

San Antonio police said the driver, Sarina Sanchez, 24, was intoxicated and had an illegal substance with her at the time.

They arrested her on charges of intoxication manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance.

Tuesday morning, White's family — which includes his wife Priscilla, 36, and three children — were still struggling to come to grips with his death.

In fact, they were so distraught that they asked Tiseth to speak on their behalf.

"He's the epitome of a father," Tiseth said. "He does basketball with them. He does baseball with them. Football. He goes to every event that he can take them to."

White had his 13-year-old son, A. J., with him, as well as his wife, when he set out on the walk Monday morning.

According to a police report, the family was walking north on the southbound shoulder of Ray Ellison Boulevard near Lake Vista when a northbound car crossed the road and hit them from behind.

"She clipped Priscilla in the arm and hit her husband head-on," said Tiseth. "She's still in pain from her arm and her leg, but more in her heart. She's devastated. The kids are devastated."

White's son escaped injury and was driven back home, where he struggled through tears to call for help.

Their 11-year-old daughter, who had stayed home, learned the news when her brother returned, Tiseth said.

"It's very sad because now (Sanchez has) taken their father away," Tiseth said, fighting back her own tears. "We told them we would be here for them the whole time, and I know Charles knows that."

Tiseth said she considers the Whites to be family.

They have lived across the street from each other for more than 10 years, the first two families on the block, she said.

Now, Tiseth said, she wonders and worries how her close friends and neighbors will go on without such an important member of their family.

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