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Husband of woman killed in South Bend crash speaks out

ABC57 sits down for an exclusive interview with a South Bend father and husband.

His wife Amy Parker -Mitchell, was hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver Saturday evening.

The suspect has been released from jail and has not been charged.
But the St. Joseph County Prosecutor said the investigation is ongoing and charges could come.


“She was my heart. She was my rock,” Darryl Mitchell said tearfully.

He is still in disbelief his wife Amy is gone.

Just last week the couple was planning a vacation for their 6th year wedding anniversary.

But everything changed for the South Bend family Saturday night, when the annual Christmas party they attended ran out of soda.

“My wife being who she was volunteered, I'll go get the pop no problem,” Mitchell explained.

But a quick trip to the convenience store ended in tragedy.


South Bend Police said Amy was struck by a car as she crossed Ewing Street.

Police booked John Staton on suspicion of operating while intoxicated.

Amy died at the hospital.

“I heard screams of no. So I ran into the room and asked what was going on and nobody was saying anything. And I looked at my mother and saw her crying. And I said, my baby's gone. And they said yeah. And I just dropped to the ground and I screamed and I cried,” Mitchell explained.


He said each day is tough, but his family and faith are getting his family through.

As Mitchell plans his wife's funeral a small memorial marks the spot where she was hit.

Mitchell is asking any witnesses to come forward to help police with the investigation.

“I just want justice to be served,” he said.

Services for Amy Mitchell will be held
 Saturday at 3 pm at Sweet Home Ministries in South Bend.
Anyone wishing to help the Mitchell family can donate at Old National Bank.
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