Maya and her family had died in the tornado.
When his family and jumped into their car and run, Maya and her family had no transportation.
They could have fit in his father’s car.
Tom remembered how his father physically threw him in the backseat when he went to call to Maya.
Threw him in, shut the door, started the engine, drove off.
Looking back, Tom realised his father knew Mr. Herrera would beg a lift, if only for Maya, and his father was not going to do it.
So he drove off before the request.