ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Tammy Garrick is in shock. “I can’t believe my son is never going to come home again,” she said of 23-year-old Cody Garrick, who was killed early Sunday morning.
Florida Highway Patrol says Cody was driving through a green light when he was "T-boned" by a woman who sped away from deputies and ran a red light. “I just can’t imagine not seeing his smile every day,” said Tammy.
Investigators say 27-year-old Syndia Saintcyr caused the fatal crash. The speed limit in the portion of John Young Parkway in Orlando where the crash happened is 30 mph. The deputy who tried pulling Saintcyr over told troopers at one point he believes Saintcyr was going nearly 100 mph.
The FHP says Saintcyr is charged with fleeing and eluding law enforcement and driving while license revoked as a habitual offender. “She should never have been behind the wheel,” said Sgt. Kim Montes, FHP spokesperson.
Records show Saintcyr's license was revoked in August 2015. Those are some of the details that only make this tragedy harder for Cody’s family. “She’s a habitual offender and police tell me she showed no remorse. No remorse and I think what a waste. He was so good. He was just 23,” said Tammy.
Cody, she says, was a single dad who was working hard to create a good life for his 3-year-old daughter Lexie. Tammy held Lexie close in her arms as she spoke to FOX 35. The little girl is still too young to comprehend her new reality. “I can’t imagine life without him,” said Tammy as tears rolled down her face. “You have a boo boo?” Lexie said to her crying grandmother. “I have a boo boo in here,” Tammy said as she pointed to her heart.
Cody worked for Domino’s Pizza. Tammy says he was on his last delivery of the night when his car was hit. “She killed my son. She walked away with scratches. I want her in jail for the rest of her life. She should never have been on the road,” said Tammy.