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Texas truck driver charged with I-69 death of father, 3-year-old daughter

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By Oona Goodin-Smith

sakotic.jpg>Dalibot SakoticCourtesy Genesee County Prosecutors Office 

FLINT, MI - A Texas truck driver has been charged with the death of a Davison man and his 3-year-old daughter in a multi-vehicle crash on I-69 earlier this week.

Dalibot Sakotic, of Wylie, Texas, faces two counts of manslaughter with a motor vehicle and one count of reckless driving causing serious impairment - 15 and 5-year felonies, respectively.

He was arraigned on Friday, March 16 before Genesee County District Judge David Guinn, and is being held in the county jail on a $500,000 cash bond.

According to prosecutors, Sakotic was driving a semi-truck and trailer westbound on I-69 near Bristol Road when he rear-ended a Chevrolet Malibu carrying a Clio man and Cody, Brittany and Aria Thomas - a Davison family of three.

When police and emergency responders arrived on the scene, they found the rear end of the Malibu smashed and partially under the semi-truck. Police previously said both the truck and Malibu were found in a ditch on the north side of the highway.

Sitting in the front passenger seat, Brittany, 27, survived with non-life-threatening injuries.

Positioned in the Malibu's back seat, her husband, Cody, and 3-year-old daughter, Aria, did not.

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"This is a terrible tragedy that took the lives of a father and his young daughter and left their grieving wife and mother behind," said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. "We will do all we can to see legal justice through in this case."

The fourth person in car -- an unidentified driver - remains hospitalized with serious injuries, prosecutors said.

Brittany Thomas' cousin, Matthew Thomas, has set up a YouCaring crowdfunding page to help Brittany pay for the funerals of her young daughter and husband. As of Friday evening, the page had raised over $19,500.

"It's such a tragedy and nothing you'd ever think would happen ... everyone's still grieving and heartbroken and really shocked," said Matthew Thomas, Brittany's cousin. "Two funerals at once is going to be really hard for everyone."

Aria, Thomas said, was a "happy, normal child" who had just celebrated her third birthday.

Her parents had been together since the seventh grade at Millington Middle School and were two weeks away from celebrating their fourteenth anniversary.

"[Cody] and Brittany were together all the time, it's going to be hard for Brittany, for everyone, to adjust," Thomas said.

Cody, 27, was a "funny, humorous and family-oriented guy" who worked for State Farm and loved to spend time with his family, shoot guns and play video games, Thomas said.

The three were headed home from Bishop International Airport at the time of the crash.

3-year-old among two dead after multi-vehicle crash in Flint Township


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