One Year Anniversary of Wreck that Killed Two Teens

March 3, 2005-- Posted at 11:08 p.m. CST

JONESBORO-- It has been one year since a woman ran a stop sign and hit a car of teenagers, killing two and seriously injuring the third.

Matthew Qualls and Devon Isbell, both 13, were killed when a car driven by Patricia Kelly ran the stop sign at the intersection of Highways 163 and 158. Devon Isbell's older brother, Tyler, was injured in the accident.

Thursday evening, family and friends of the Qualls and Isbell gathered at the site of the accident and lit candles in their memories.  Family members wanted to thank the entire community for the support given to them, and said that they will get through these rough times.

"Today is one of the hardest days we've ever had to live through," said Kim Isbell, Devon's mother. "You're not supposed to bury your children. They're supposed to bury you," she said.

"We know that they're in a better place, but we still miss them," said Tyler Isbell, survivor of the crash. "We miss the jokes and the brother time so much."

"The community outdid themselves by supporting us in all this," said Dan Qualls, father of one of the victims. "It's a rough time, but with their help and the help of God, we'll be okay."

Last month, Patricial Kelly pleaded guilty to two counts of negligent homicide, and one count of third degree battery in connection with the accident.  A judge ordered her to spend four days a year in jail for the next 10 years, on the anniversary of the accident, and the birthday of each of the victims.

Kelly reported to the Craighead County Jail Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. She was released Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m.

The Isbell and Qualls families say it's not fair that she was able to get out of jail before the time the accident happened.  KAIT left a message for prosecutor Brent Davis about Kelly's sentencing requirements, but our call was not returned.