Grieving grandmother forgives driver in crash

Posted at 6:46 PM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 18:46:26-05

ALEXANDRIA, Ky.  – It's more heartbreak than any grandmother should have to bear.

Jenni McBride lost her daughter and granddaughter in a head-on crash in Cold Spring Thursday night.  As a tearful McBride looked through a photo album Friday, she turned to her memories and her faith to see her through - even forgiving the driver who police say caused the crash.

"There's another home waiting for us all, and one day we'll be together again," McBride said while mourning her 30-year-old daughter, Desirae Hensley,  and 8-year-old Jakyra Cundif. They died when Tammy Feinauer, 37, of Crestview, drove across the center line and hit them in the 5400 block of Alexandria Pike, near the Low Gap intersection, according to police.

 "I kept telling them they had the wrong person ... and then I thought it was just my daughter, which was more than enough pain," McBride said.

McBride finds comfort in her faith and knowing that her daughter was close to God, too.

"Desirae was kind of shy. She was so excited because she was supposed to be getting baptized soon and she couldn't wait to be on the big stage and tell them how much she loved God," McBride said.

McBride said she forgives Feinauer.

"Regardless of how the accident happened or why -- God only knows -- I want forgiveness for that person, that she's not suffering," McBride said.

Desirae leaves behind a second daughter. There is a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs.

A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Beckenridge in Alexandria, on the football field at the top of the hill. 

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