A Family's Message Following A Crash That Took The Lives Of Sisters

Monday, January 11th 2016, 6:12 pm
By: News 9

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said a distracted driver is to blame for killing two Earlsboro sisters Friday night.

The girls were almost to their home and now, their family has a plea for all drivers.

Two small stuffed animals and flowers lay on the side of State Highway 9 in Earlsboro. It's a small memorial to remember the two young lives taken too soon. But it's also a reminder of the danger that lies on this highway.

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“It is very dangerous if you are not paying attention,” said Justin Miner, the girls' brother.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said an initiative driver killed 12-year-old Linda Miner and her sister, 21-year-old Amanda Miner.

“It was actually right over here, she slowed down to make this turn and some guy wasn't paying attention and rear ended her and pushed her into traffic,” Justin Miner said.

Just as the sisters' pickup was pushed into oncoming traffic another vehicle struck them. Their brother, Justin, was home just two miles from the accident scene waiting with a pot of coffee for Amanda.

“My sister said make me a pot of coffee and I was like, 'I will make you one just call me on your way home.' And so I made the pot of coffee and she didn't ever come home,” he said.

Residents call this intersection and stretch of Highway 9 dangerous, especially if you're not paying attention.

“All he had to do was pay attention, that’s all he had to do,” Justin Miner said.

“It doesn't matter who you are, where you're from, how old you are you need to just be careful. You know, pay attention when you are driving,” said Michael Arnold, the girls' cousin.

Hearts still weigh heavy in the Miner home as they remember Linda the sweet, but ornery Barbie-loving girl and her older sister Amanda, a devote Christian who was always mumbling a prayer around the house.

“It still lingers after our family goes home from our house our house gets quiet and all you hear is the weeps of us just laying in our bed missin' them,” Justin Miner said.

Troopers are still investigating the crash.

A funeral is planned for both sisters on Saturday. 

A GoFundMe account has been set up to cover funeral costs and a memorial fund has been set up through First United Bank.