Family speaks after police make arrest in deadly drunk driving crash


by Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 8:34 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Police have arrested 27-year-old Genaro Herrera Hernandez. He’s charged with murder, DUI, and leaving the scene of an accident. Police say he was driving drunk when he crossed the center line and hit motorcyclist Phillip Frey head-on at Industrial Blvd. near Fern Valley Road in Louisville.

His arrest, however, is little relief to the grieving family Frey left behind.

Ramona Frey got a call in the middle of the night Wednesday, the kind every mother dreads.

 “When they said that, emergency please, I couldn’t stop screaming. I knew it just wasn’t, I begged God, take me and not Phillip.”

Her 62-year-old son had been in a wreck on his motorcycle. As the family rushed to the hospital, his sister Deborah said a prayer, “Please, please don’t let him die.”

Phillip’s only major injury was to his leg, it was nearly severed in the crash. His sister says he made it to the hospital, was able to tell doctors his name, but had lost to much blood to survive.

“You think that you’re going to die before your kids. I just prayed all the time, ‘Why, God?’ I questioned God and you’re not supposed to question God,” his mother said.

Not long after the crash, police arrested Hernandez. They believe he took off on foot after the wreck. But, his capture is only mild relief for Phillip’s family.

“Feels good,” Phillip Frey’s sister Deborah Booth said, “But, it doesn’t bring him back, you know? But, maybe, maybe it’ll save somebody else’s life.”

Ramona lost her husband to Mad Cow disease in 1996 and her other son six months ago to liver disease.

“You’ll have those memories,” she said, tears in her eyes, “But, when you lose one son six months before and then you lose this one now, it’s just the only two sons I had.”

The pain of loss, becoming too familiar for this family.

There was a woman riding on the motorcycle with Phillip Frey. She is still in critical condition at UofL Hospital.