Family members recall twin lost in fatal weekend drunk driving crash


    Eleven-year-old Baltimore twins are two of the victims in a weekend drunk driving crash. One was killed, while the other is fighting for her life, along with two other children. (Family photo)

    BALTIMORE -- Eleven-year-old Baltimore twins are two of the victims in a weekend drunk driving crash.

    One was killed, while the other is fighting for her life, along with two other children.

    The twin who died Saturday after being thrown from the car during the crash has been identified as Laniera Middleton. Family members said her twin sister Taniera is fighting for her life. Police say she is in critical condition with a skull fracture, brain bleed and lacerations to several of her vital organs.

    "They're best friends," said Tammy Bennett, the twins' stepmother. "Fighters, everything. They were always together. We're all trying to hold up."

    She says their father wants to be here, but can't because he's serving time in jail in Baltimore. However, he spoke with FOX45 on the phone Monday.

    "If I wasn't in here, I could have been there for her," said Louis Middleton. "I'm stuck in here. I can't do anything for my children. I can't go to her funeral. I brought this on myself. I can't even go to my baby's resting place."

    He is praying his daughter Taniera survives, remembering how much the twins loved each other.

    "Each twin would hold the other twin's hand," he said. "I ask everybody to just pray for her."

    Taniera is hospitalized, along with a nine-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy. All are in critical condition.

    "The children were not properly secured in the vehicle," said Baltimore Police Det. Nicole Monroe.

    Police say 26-year-old Dominic McCoy was driving drunk and speeding on Frederick Avenue Saturday afternoon when he crashed. The four kids were in the backseat.

    "They suffered some pretty severe injuries and this could all be avoided," Det. Monroe said.

    McCoy has since been arrested. In addition to driving drunk, police said he does not have a Maryland driver's license. He is facing vehicular manslaughter charges and is being held on $1.25 million bond.

    Meanwhile, family members are struggling with the loss of one twin and hoping the other children recover.

    "Don't drink and drive," said Middleton. "Look at my baby. She was full of life."

    "She's only 11," Bennett said of Taniera. "Hopefully her sister is watching over her. Hopefully."

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