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Five daughters hope charges will be filed in parents' deadly crash


Prosecutors and investigators are getting ready to meet Wednesday about a high-profile, triple-fatal accident. You might remember it. It happened last August on US 31.

At the time, police said a mini-van, driven by a teen at a high rate of speed, crossed the center line and hit Robert and Judith Hillers car head-on. The couple and Judith's cousin, Janis Cash, died.

The Hillers' five daughters and Cash's son were left behind.

FOX28's Traci Capellman sat down with all five daughters. They are anxious to hear the results of Wednesday's meeting. Prosecutors will be weighing the evidence to decide whether or not charges will be brought in the case.

The five describe the last seven months as a nightmare. "It doesn't feel real because there are still days when I think I can just call them and talk to them," said daughter Beth Hillers.

"I think it's almost harder, now," Beth cried. "Even seven months from then, it's harder than the day I found out."

"It's every bit as awful as you think it would be," said daughter Jennifer Segner.

The five sisters, their lives changed forever on August 18th, 2013.

"They leave on vacation," said daughter Johnna Segner. "My mom comes up and gives me a hug and a kiss and walks out the door. And we never see them again."

"I never thought emotion could physically hurt you that much," said daughter Kylie Segner.

They say one of the hardest parts is the wait, the wait for answers about the case and charges against the driver.

"The first interview we did was at two months," said daughter Erin Hillers. "And we were told it's way too soon for anything to happen. You have horribly unrealistic expectations of the legal system."

Now at more than seven months, "It's extremely hard," said Johnna. "I never, ever thought the process for something like this would take this long."

They cry when they talk about how much their lives have changed, recently selling their parents' home. They're desperate to know the driver feels some kind of remorse or to see justice. The stress is taking its toll.  "I'm not doing well," said Jennifer.

Jennifer hasn't been able to go back to college yet, and they've all experienced stress-related health problems. "I have insomnia," said Jennifer Segner "I have anger issues."

"I mean I have been locked up in my house for months because I'm so, just so uncomfortable with going outside," said Johnna. "It seems scary for some reason."

Kylie, who had talked to her mom about her wedding since childhood, now plans a wedding alone. "I was in a room by myself," she said. "And I sat down in this big puffy dress, and I was in front of the mirror, and I just started crying. And I looked at myself, and I was just crying staring back at myself."

Beth obsesses a bit with investigating on her own. "And I used to have sleepovers there," she said. 

Meanwhile, Erin struggles with how much her daughter, Ava, also misses her grandparents. "And I know over time that will fade," she said. "And I hate that for her because she had such amazing grandparents. Someone should have to answer for that."

They all agree. They hope Wednesday marks the beginning of some sort of closure. "If he would just walk away with no consequences, that would really hurt," said Johnna. "And I don't know how I would deal with that."

Prosecutor Michael Dvorak says cases like this, are in his words, very complex. He told FOX28 it's not at all unusual for a case like this to take this amount of time. He cited a recent one that took eleven months before it ultimately went to a grand jury.

We'll bring you the latest on this case after that meeting Wednesday.

There's one more life changing aspect to this story that we would like to share.

Twenty-four-year-old Kylie, the sister who is planning a wedding, has also adopted Stone Cash, the 16-year-old son of Janice Cash.

Cash, their aunt, was also killed in the accident.

Kylie says after some initial growing pains, their new family is doing well.

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