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Cops missed bodies at crash site, dad says

September 17, 2007

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— Gary, Ind., police and city officials on Sunday remained silent for a second day about the weekend crash that killed two teens and left two others injured, but the father who found his son's mangled body at the side of a road seven hours after the wreck lashed out at what he called a failure that no parent should endure.

"It's a disgrace, how we have to be tormented," said Arthur Smith, as a stream of friends and relatives stopped by to offer condolences for the death of his son, Brandon Smith. "And you, as a city, can't stand up and say, 'We made a mistake."'

Meanwhile, the mother of Darius Moore, 17, who was driving the car that crashed, told reporters outside of Gary's Methodist Hospital Northlake that her son repeatedly told police that two friends remained unaccounted for following the 2:30 a.m. CDT Saturday crash but that police would not listen.

"He said the officer never went down in the ravine where the car was," said Carmelita Evans, Moore's mother. "My son insisted, he continuously insisted to the officer that there were four of them in the car."

But only Moore and DeAndre Anderson, also 17, were taken to the hospital while Brandon Smith and Dominique Green, both 18, remained missing.

"We haven't heard anything from anyone," Smith said Sunday during an interview at the family's home. "Nothing. We haven't heard anything from anybody. Not the police. Not the mayor."

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