We work with a lot of families that have experienced tragedies, and we can only hope that through the legal system they’ll be able to find some sense of closure and justice. Some crimes are so disheartening that they are almost unbelievable. When you hear about a drunk driver running down a person and taking their life, being angry is understandable. But when you hear that driver left the scene of the wreck to avoid accepting responsibility, it can be even more frustrating.
A trial began in Knoxville last week for a horrific hit-and-run that has shattered two families and shocked several others. It began when a young woman ran out of gas and had to stop on the side of the road. She called a friend to see if she could lend a hand. Her friend, seven months pregnant, soon arrived. A man who lived close by saw the young women having difficulty and brought them enough gas to get them going again. It was a random act of kindness that would unfortunately be his last. The pregnant woman offered a hug for gratitude, and that is when the worst happened. They were struck by the drunk driver.
Three lives were lost that night – the Good Samaritan, a mother, and her unborn child. The driver sped away. He would go to great lengths to cover up his crimes, switching cars, and even considered leaving town. But police caught up to him.
He already had a DUI in his past and is facing ‘three counts of vehicular homicide, three counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication, one charge of driving under the influence, one count of tampering with evidence, one offense of reckless endangerment, one count of leaving the scene of an accident.’
The Good Samaritan leaves behind a wife and five children, and without insurance the bills have probably been overwhelming. The pregnant woman leaves behind another child, and her family is left to pay for funeral expenses, too. We hope they’ll all find the peace and justice they deserve.
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Source. KnoxNews.com, ‘http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/apr/08/jury-selection-starts-in-trial-of-man-accused-of/,’ Jamie Satterfield, April 08, 2013.
Source. WBIR.com, ‘http://www.wbir.com/news/article/222107/29/Recent-UT-grad-charged-in-triple-fatal-hit–run-has-previous-DUI-conviction,’ June 07, 2012.