WEST HARRISON, Ind. – Sue Morris says a truck driver who killed her daughter and her boyfriend deserves more than a $50 ticket and up to 30 days in jail.
“I completely do not find that acceptable,” the West Harrison, Ind., mother said Thursday.
So she’s going to the driver’s sentencing in Tennessee on Friday to tell that to the judge.
"That's my girl ... They were planning on getting married," Morris said.
Morris' 25-year-old daughter, Deja, and her boyfriend, Brandon Wilson, 28, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., were killed last June in a massive pile up on Interstate 24. They were on their way to the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn.
Police say Stacey Colvin, a truck driver who worked for H&O Transport, was going 72 mph when he slammed into several cars caught in a traffic jam.
"He got a ticket for failure to exercise due caution," Morris said.
The maximum penalty appears to be a $50 fine and 30 days in jail.
Morris said a grand jury ruled there was not enough evidence to charge Colvin with criminal homicide.
"He's getting a slap on the wrist," Morris said.
Tennessee code 55-8-136 (b) states, in part: “Every driver of a motor vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any other vehicle."
Failure to do so is only a Class C misdemeanor.
"I am going to ask that he get the full 30 days in jail,” Morris said. “I am also going to ask that his CDL (commercial driver license) be revoked, and I would like to see his driver's license revoked because I think that he is such a danger on the road."
Morris said she’s frustrated that the law doesn't seem to take into consideration the results of an accident, only the cause.
She wants to see the laws stiffened to reflect the severity of the violation.
"You shouldn't be able to drive down the road and kill people and critically injure people without being held accountable," she said.