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Woman killed, daughter in critical condition after crash in St. Louis

The woman was identified as 29-year-old Domonique Hicks

ST. LOUIS — Malinda Stokes says she cherished the daily phone calls she received from her daughter, Domonique Hicks, and her granddaughter, Damonni.

"They would call me. They would FaceTime me all the time. My grandbaby would get on the phone and say, 'Ganny, Ganny, Ganny, Ganny I love you.' She couldn't say 'granny.' I loved it," said Stokes.

During an exclusive interview with 5 On Your Side, Stokes said she last spoke with Domonique, 29, on Friday.

"She was excited. She was getting ready to move to a better place and start new beginnings with her baby," said Stokes.

However, Hicks' dreams have now tragically ended.

According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, a Chrysler PT Cruiser that Hicks and her daughter, both of Florissant, were riding in was traveling southbound on Lewis and Clark Boulevard approaching Halls Ferry Circle.

The driver, identified by Stokes as her daughter's former boyfriend and Damonni's father, continued on Halls Ferry Circle at a high rate of speed. He ran a stop sign and struck the curb that surrounds a grass median, sending the car airborne. It struck two trees before coming to rest.

"My daughter and granddaughter were lying on the ground," said Stokes. Her daughter died.

"(Domonique) loved her daughter. She loved her family. She loved to take her daughter to parks and the movies. She called it mommy-daughter time," added Stokes.

Damonni, Hicks' only child, suffered critical injuries and remains on life support.

Stokes said her 2-year-old granddaughter is not doing well.

"The doctors want me to pull the plug, but I'm not because I know there's a God," she said.

Stokes said the car's 28-year-old driver suffered serious injuries and remains in the hospital.

The accident Saturday morning was the second time Stokes lost a child. 

In September, Eric Hearten, Stokes' 25-year-old son, was shot and killed in north St. Louis County. A man was charged in that case.

Now, as Stokes prepares to bury her daughter, she is praying her granddaughter receives a miracle.

"Family, friends, the only thing we're asking is for you all to do is pray with us. I'm praying for all of us," said Stokes.

There have been other crashes in the area of the Riverview Boulevard and Halls Ferry Circle intersection in recent years.

Since February 2015, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 56 people were injured and two, including Hicks, died in crashes near there.

The St. Louis police accident-reconstruction team is handling the investigation into Saturday's crash.