ONLY ON 3: Alabama crash claims life of Ringgold woman
By WRCB Staff
Sharen Shields, shown in a family photo
Rogelio Moreno-Salazar, who has been charged with DUI and manslaughter in the crash.
RINGGOLD, GA (WRCB) -
"Kind, considerate, fiery, mean, loving," said Karen Sims. "We look alike. We think alike. We act alike."
Before the tragic accident, Karen and her twin sister Sharen, for 20 years, did not go a single day without speaking on the phone. "You think you're going to live and grow old together," said Sims.
But Friday night, while on an annual girls' trip to Foley, Alabama, Karen's world turned upside down. "We had left dinner, we had probably gone about two or three miles down the road. The man in front of us came to a stop, so we stopped," said Sims. "There was absolutely no warning. Nothing. Just impact."
A car had smashed into the back of theirs, sending the vehicle 30 feet before coming to rest. “After the impact I thought oh I'm alive, everything is going to be fine," said Sims. Karen says her life was in that back seat- referring to her sister and daughter beside her. "When I turned to look at them and they were both unconscious, I knew then everything wasn't fine," said Sims.
Her daughter, Natalie, suffered spine and neck injuries. Her twin sister, Sharen, didn't survive her injuries from the impact. She later died at the hospital. "I came into the world with her, and I was in the car with her in the end," said Sims.
Rogelio Moreno-Salazar was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence. Something Sims says is unacceptable. "I don't know a single person over the age of 15 that doesn't have a clue as to what driving and drinking is going to get you," said Sims.
While she continues to cope through this heartbreaking loss, she says little anger rests in her heart. "My love for my sister is so much greater than the anger that I have for that guy that I don't even think about being mad," said Sims.
But she does hope for justice. "I don't think I'm even concerned with the amount of punishment that he gets. I'm concerned that he pays for killing my sister," said Sims.
Sims says even though she won't be able to have those daily phone calls, she knows her sister will always be listening. "She'll be alive in me every day," said Sims.
Salazar is currently being held in Foley on a $150,000 bond. More charges are possible. Investigators say speed was also a factor in this crash.
Two others were in the car that night; they both suffered non-life threatening injuries.
In a statement sent to Channel 3, Shields' TVA family said she will be remembered as a friend who dedicated more than 35-years of service to the Tennessee Valley.
An Alabama man is facing charges in connection to a crash that killed a Ringgold woman and injured four other people.
Sharen Shields, 56, died Friday as a result of injuries sustained in that crash.
Traffic investigators with Foley Police Department in Foley, Alabama, responded to Highway 98 and Ralph Schumacher Lane just after 9pm Friday on reports of a crash involving two vehicles.
Five people, including Shields, were transported to a local hospital. Shields later died as a result of her injuries.
Rogelio Moreno-Salazar, 23, was arrested and charged with DUI and manslaughter. A spokesperson for the Foley Police Department tells Channel 3 other charges are pending against Moreno-Salazar and the case is still under investigation.
Shields was a resident of Ringgold and according to her Facebook page, was an employee at TVA.
Arrangements will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory Battlefield Parkway.