Hit-and-run suspect arrested in Texas

Friday, July 25th 2008, 11:08 am
By: News 9


MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - A Midwest City hit-and-run suspect was arrested Thursday night in Houston.

Police have been looking for Torez Ceasar, 34, since he was charged earlier this month with man slaughter.

Police said they think Ceasar was the driver of the car that struck Jasmine Lee, 18, and RoseMary Taylor, 19, as they tried to cross NE 10 near Woodside Drive on July 8. Lee was killed in the collision.

Lee's family said before Ceasar was found, they were desperate for answers about who killed the teen.

"It's a burden on us as parents to lose a child," Lee's father Willie Maxwell said. "It's a tragedy. It's heartfelt, there's pain still."

Although the family continues to mourn, they said they're not focusing on anger toward the man who killed their loved one.

"I don't believe that being angry or carrying all that will bring our daughter back," Maxwell said.

Three weeks after losing their only daughter, Lee's family said their forgiveness is what she would have wanted.

"There will be pain today, tomorrow and for awhile," Maxwell said. "We don't dwell on that. We try to let our faith carry us and live through."

The teen's parents said they've been able to get through the tragedy with their church family, friends and the community.

An account has been established for medical bills and funeral expenses. Anyone interested in giving money to Lee's family, can make donations to the Jasmine Lee Memorial Fund at the City National Bank in Midwest City.