‘My father died two days before my birthday’: Killeen family speaks for first time after fatal multi-car crash

Published: Apr. 14, 2023 at 4:01 PM CDT
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - The Eagen family is heartbroken after the passing of Donald Daniel Eagen, who was killed in a wreck involving four vehicles on a Killeen residential road on April 7.

Officers were dispatched at approximately 8:58 p.m. at the intersection of Robinett Road and Gus Drive in reference to a 911 call about a crash involving multiple vehicles.

“It’s one thing to drive recklessly, but it’s another thing to take somebody else’s life,” said Donald Daniel’s oldest son, Donald Eagen Jr.

Donald Eagen’s youngest son, Terrance Eagen, was on his way home when he saw the accident.

“I saw flashing lights and I’m like ‘dang, there’s probably a car accident or someone got stopped,’” Terrance said.

What he didn’t know was that the crash he was staring at claimed the life of his father.

“Literally, six seconds ago I was like, ‘somebody’s getting stopped or a car accident, I hope nobody’s dead’ and to get a call that your dad’s dead on the same street I passed,” Terrance recalled.

The family said Eagen was on his way home after picking up food when the crash occurred.

Now, they just wish they could hear his laugh one more time.

“I could be able to hear him always telling me I love you I love you, mijo or him laughing like a dork, like always,” Eagen Jr. said.

Donald Eagen was the only person to die in that crash while six others were treated at area hospitals.

Police contribute speed and weather conditions as a cause but the family adds someone driving without headlights could have also played a role in the crash.

“I don’t know why, but it’s like a big old pain in my heart,” Eagen Jr. said.

There is no word on an arrest at this time.

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