EAST CANTON – It was July 14, 2018. Brianna Lilly, the mom of two boys, was strolling alongside Mapleton Avenue SE.
An impaired driver swerved off the street and struck her from behind. Her physique hit the truck’s windshield and landed 200 ft away on the bottom.
“To all of us, she was irreplaceable,” stated Lilly’s longtime pal Crystal Fawcett.
Brianna Lilly:Prison for drunken driver who ran over Canton pedestrian
Associates, household and legislation enforcement joined Fawcett on Tuesday evening in East Canton to recollect Lilly and others like her who’ve misplaced their lives due to impaired drivers.
The “Memorial Checkpoint” occasion at Foltz Group Middle additionally was held to advertise the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” nationwide marketing campaign in Stark County.
Stark County Sheriff George Maier stated 51% of all site visitors fatalities in Stark County final 12 months concerned alcohol or drug impairment.
Sgt. David Garber of the Ohio State Freeway Patrol stated Stark County is “notoriously” a county with too many circumstances of impaired drivers and it may possibly’t be fastened with handcuffs.
“We won’t arrest our manner out of this,” he informed the group.
Garber stated higher options manifest when communities unite and acknowledge the issue. The marketing campaign encourages all communities to turn into extra energetic within the struggle towards impaired drivers.
County Prosecutor Kyle Stone stated the marketing campaign strives to maintain communities secure, shield first responders and implement the legislation.
“It is unlawful,” he stated, to drive impaired.
In Lilly’s case, the driving force is serving a 10-year jail time period in Lorain Correctional Establishment for aggravated vehicular murder and hit-skip.
Alex M. Mound, now 25, pleaded responsible in 2019 to fees associated to Lilly’s dying. He was 22 on the time of the lethal crash. Mound, who had been at a marriage reception, left the scene of the accident and went to a different get together. He later was situated and arrested.
Flanked by Lilly’s son Timothy, and Lilly’s aunt Pam Feller, Fawcett delivered a passionate 10-minute speech at Tuesday evening’s occasion.
“That evening,” she stated, “a number of careless acts of 1 particular person took somebody away from this world prefer it was nothing. Some name it an accident, some name it a mistake. However these (acts) usually are not even shut nor comparable.”
Fawcett continued: “An accident you may’t management. It simply occurs. However to drink and drive is a selection. Something that occurs on account of your selection is a fault. It’s also a complete disregard of the legislation however extra importantly a disregard of human life. It’s egocentric.”
Fawcett stated Mound was caught due to a “younger man” who noticed an erratic driver, adopted him and known as 911.
“In the event you see one thing ,do not ignore it. You may save a life,” she stated.
After the occasion, space legislation enforcement carried out a sobriety checkpoint close to Trump Avenue NE and U.S. Route 30, not removed from the place Lilly’s life was taken.
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