Sister: Driver was "running from voices in her head" when she caused triple fatal

A woman police say is responsible for an accident that killed a pregnant woman and her sister has been released from the hospital.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed to 12News that Crystal Boyett, 40, of Kirbyville, was released from Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont Tuesday night. Boyett was being treated for injuries she received in a fatal accident that happened Monday night.

The Lumberton police chief said Boyett was speeding at dangerous levels when her Camaro struck the back of a Nissan Murano.

The accident claimed the life of the driver, Courtney Sterling, 15, of Lumberton, her older sister, Connely Burns, 20, of Lumberton, and Burns' unborn child.


Their mother, Dawn Sterling, 46, of Lumberton, remains in critical but stable condition.

Police say they have evidence to charge Boyett on three counts of criminally negligent manslaughter.

12News called the Hardin County jail Wednesday morning and confirmed that Boyett was not there.

The only address available for Boyett is a house in Kirbyville that belongs to her ex-husband.

Crystal's sister Charlotte Lummus said her sister has been diagnosed with a mental disorder and was speeding away from voices in her head.

But no explanation is enough for the family of those killed.

Sonia Burns was Connely's mother-in law and the grandmother of the unborn baby, who would have been Burn's first grandson.

Burns said, "We're outraged by the injustice of it, that someone could be so careless and take so many lives.

Burns says her son Tim and Connely had been married less than a year, but their love was everlasting.

She said, "He's struggling right now, but he has good faith in God, he's sure Connely is going to be in a better place with her baby, he's got comfort in that."


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