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Driver in fatal Bibb Co. wreck says 'I wished I would have died'

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This small white cross marks the spot where the accident happened. Source: WBRC video This small white cross marks the spot where the accident happened. Source: WBRC video
BIBB COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

The driver in a wreck that killed a five-year-old girl is speaking out about the incident.

Kathy Jones says she wanted her side of the story told and reporter Josh Gauntt spoke with her from the hospital.

Troopers report Jones had a child in her lap at the time she lost control of a Chevy Blazer, hit an embankment and overturned. Several of the seven passengers were ejected and five-year-old Isabelle Parks died at the scene.

Jones says all of the children in the car took turns sitting in her lap behind the wheel.

"I was doing the gas, I was doing the peddle and I was telling them to pay attention to the road," she said. "I don't know what happened and the next thing I know we wrecked."

Jones says she tried to save Isabelle but it was too late.

"I just remember crawling to her and I got her and done CPR on her. And I tried to save her," Jones said.

In the trooper's report, the officer said it was his opinion that Jones appeared to be under the influence of drugs at the time. She admitted the same to FOX6 Wednesday. She says the meth and an anxiety medication in her system were from the day before the wreck.

"I was under the influence the day before that happened...that's the reason it was in my system," she said.

Jones underwent a drug test but the results could take months to get back.

Jones says if she could take it all back she would.

"I tried my best to save the baby. I wished I would have died instead of her," she said.

Meanwhile, the community has come together to help Isabelle's family. She was a kindergartener at West Blocton Elementary School and her teachers tell FOX6 News she was full of life.

The school has collected enough money to pay for Isabelle's funeral and a headstone.

"It's been a neat process to watch everybody come together and just really give of themselves," Trent Bambery, school counselor, said.

State troopers will present their evidence in the case to the Bibb County District Attorney, who will decide if Jones could face criminal charges.

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