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THORNTON - The families of two people killed in an alleged distracted driving accident over the weekend spoke publicly on Tuesday for the first time since the accident.

On Saturday afternoon, police believe 33-year-old Michael Grennan was distracted, possibly with a cellphone, when he veered off 168th Avenue in Thornton and hit three pedestrians from behind with his pickup.

Thirty-three-year-old Stephen Dabney and 22-year-old Seth Lewis died. Lewis' 14-year-old brother, Jarren, was hurt.

Dabney, his wife, Carla, and their children, lived with Seth Lewis, his younger brother Jarren, or "JJ," and their mother. Their home is just a few minutes away from where the accident happened.

"I keep waiting for a phone call. Waiting for him to walk in the door," Carla Dabney said.

Stephen Dabney and Seth were best of friends and did a lot together. That included walking the route often.

"We always went on walks. It got us out of here - guy time away from all the girls. On Saturday, we were walking, the last information I remember was Seth was behind me and I was behind Stephen. We were hit from behind. That's the last thing I remember," Jarren Lewis said.

Stephen Dabney's wife says there wasn't a day that went by that he didn't tell her and his kids he loved them.

"Our kids were his life ... we were all his passion. He was so giving and caring. He gave us a lot," Carla Dabney said.

Jarren and Seth's mother Rose says Jarren feels lost now and his last and only memory of the accident is seeing his brother lying on the ground.

"It's hard. He doesn't understand why. He said, 'Why am I still here?' Everyone passed except for him," Rose Lewis said.

Rose Lewis and Carla Dabney are sticking together through this hard time - something they say is allowing them to wake up each morning.

[After] seeing him today ... I know he's really gone," Carla Dabney said about Tuesday's private viewing.

Jarren Lewis was released from the hospital on Monday.

"He said I was going to do great things and he was really proud of me and he was going to watch me grow up and be something, be someone," Jarren Lewis said about his brother. "I said, 'What's the point of God giving me a second chance if we don't learn from this?' If I'm not - if we're not going to change anything about our lives, what was the point of me having a second chance?"

Grennen is facing a misdemeanor charge of careless driving resulting in death.

A funeral is set for Wednesday morning in Broomfield. In lieu of sending flowers, the family asks that people send donations to:

Timothy D Rucker
Stephen Dabney Memorial Fund
Routing # 0418

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