Cause of deadly wreck still unknown; family members demand information

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Nearly 10 months have passed since two young men were killed when another car smashed into them head-on along Martin Road.

Now the families are demanding some answers from investigators in charge of the case.

Dezmond Dennis, 20, was a passenger in a car driven by his friend, Andres Gentry, 22 when the two were hit by another car in the early morning hours of October 25, 2013.

Amy Dennis raised Dezmond as a single parent and says the last 10 months have been very difficult, something made even harder because answers to what happened in the crash have been hard to come by.

"It shouldn't take so long," Amy Dennis said.  "On this side, as family members, it hurts us for it not to be getting solved, for somebody not doing something or telling us something about what is going on."

According to initial reports from police the driver of the other car in the crash was Michael Deon Draper. He is not charged with a crime at this time. Toxicology tests are back in investigators hands, but those results have not been released despite numerous attempts by the victims' families.

Police say Draper has said he saw an animal run into the road and swerved to miss it, then hit the other car head-on.  Draper was eastbound on Martin Road and Gentry’s car was westbound.

The Madison County District Attorney assigned to the case says she cannot do anything until police file charges in the case and that had not happened as of Friday evening.