HOUSTON—A Houston woman is not only grieving the death of her friend killed in a crash, but is regretting her decision to get behind the wheel that could land her in jail for years. Tocarra Victoria Dubose talked about that tragic day only with KHOU 11 News.
Dubose was charged with intoxication manslaughter for allegedly causing the crash that killed her friend and coworker, 21-year-old Anesha Griffin, on September 30.
Dubose was driving west on Richmond around 2 a.m. when she sideswiped an HPD officer’s car, went across a median and crashed. Griffin was hanging out the car window when Dubose lost control of the vehicle and her body struck a palm tree. She died instantly.
Dubose is haunted by the memory.
“I just picture it all over again every time I close my eyes,” Dubose said. “Every 20 minutes. Maybe not even that far apart. It replays itself over and over again.”
The night began with just a gathering of friends at the Deck House Bar and Grill.
“We were just all hanging out,” Dubose said.
After drinking at the bar, the ladies decided to head home. Intoxicated, Dubose hopped behind the wheel and Griffin climbed into the passenger seat. By the time they reached Richmond Avenue, Griffin began to lean out the window.
“I don’t know why she wanted to hang out the window,” Dubose said.
Dubose said if she could do it all over again, she would have not driven that night. She wants others to learn from her mistake.
Local activist Quanell X helped secure her release.
“And so I’m just hoping that young people will learn from her experience that it’s never safe to party and drink with friends and get behind the wheel,” the activist said.
Dubose wishes she could take it all back.
“It’s not worth it. It’s not worth it,” she said. “You get a few moments of laughter and that quick, everything’s over.”