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Mom to man who caused crashed that killed daughter, mom: I forgive you

Posted at 7:20 PM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 22:20:33-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - It was a chain reaction crash that devastated the lives of an entire family.

Friday the victims had first chance in court to address the man who admitted he's responsible.

"You may not be the murderer, but you're the reason why we're here," said Elaine Santos who's mother-in-law was killed

Grant Thoren, 31, was behind the wheel in September last year when he rear-ended a car in Mira Mesa and left. 

His car pushed the Honda Accord with a mother, a grandmother and 2 children inside into the center of the road on the 15 near Scripps Poway Parkway. The vehicle was stalled when they were hit again by another car. 

Lina Nebrida and her 2-year old granddaughter Keira Magat were killed. 

Struggling through tears in nearly every breath, Magat's mother Jasmine read a victim impact statement aloud in court and tried to explain how she feels to the man who took nearly everything away from her.

"What if it didn't happen, maybe mom still cooking food for us, asking me to massage her back maybe my daughter still running around our house playing and laughing with her sister and her brother," she said. 

Thoren listened to every pained word silently in court.

In a pre-arranged plea agreement he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run causing injury. 

Incredibly was offered grace from an unlikely source.

"God made me strong, that's why I'm standing here facing you and God wants me to tell you that I forgive you," said Jasmine Magat.