Family Mourns Victim of Alleged Drunk Driver

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DALLAS--No mother ever expects to outlive her child.

"I feel an emptiness in my heart for my son," Dorothy Johnson said.

But Clifton Earl Curtis was only 22 when he died Saturday.

He leaves behind a girlfriend, a six-month-old daughter, twins on the way and a mother who's beside herself with grief.

"He was such a loving father," Johnson said. "He wouldn't let nobody get in his way, not even me, of taking care of his babies."

The family held a vigil for Earl Wednesday evening.

Cops say Rhonda Anderson of Mesquite was driving drunk when she hit Curtis's disabled vehicle. It was stopped on 635 near Prada in Garland. She's charged with intoxication manslaughter and remains in jail in Garland on a $100,000 bond.

Johnson addressed the woman accused of causing her son's death.

"First of all, I forgive her," Johnson said. "And I wish now that she could go and maybe get help if she had had help before, this would not have happened."

But for now, Dorothy Johnson has to put first things first. And first is saying goodbye to her son.

"He was like my pride and my joy."

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