JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV/Gray News) – Cecilia Williams is turning her anger into motion and is pushing Missouri legislators to help a proposed new regulation that she’s named “Bentley’s Legislation,” soon after her 5-calendar year old grandson.
“The primary component of ‘Bentley’s Law’ is economical duty by the offender,” she stated.
Williams commenced operating on the new legislation after 3 of her family users were being killed in a motor vehicle crash involving a drunken driver in April, KMOV claimed.
Her son, Cordell Williams, his fiancé Lacey Newton and their 4-month outdated son, Cordell Williams II, have been killed when the car they were in was rear-ended, went off the highway and crashed.
David Thurby of Fenton is charged with three counts of DWI demise of a different in relationship with the crash. Authorities claimed his blood alcohol level was two times the lawful limit, and in accordance to courtroom documents, he informed a trooper he’d experienced “seven pictures of Crown and h2o.”
Williams is now increasing the couple’s two other kids, 3-yr aged Mason and 5-calendar year old Bentley.
The legislation she’s been doing the job on would have to have drunken motorists who lead to the death of a mother or father or mothers and fathers to pay boy or girl support to a surviving husband or wife or the family members boosting the victim’s small children right until the youngsters turns 18.
“They are worthy of to get that payment since you are chatting about elevating small children that their mothers and fathers are no lengthier listed here,” reported Williams.
Missouri Point out Consultant Mike Henderson of Bonne Terre plans to introduce “Bentley’s Law” for the duration of the up coming legislative session.
“I do firmly consider that these folks who are driving drunk and get away the parents of these young children, there’s acquired to be some support for these little ones. It will come down to that,” he claimed.
Williams reported she believes the month to month youngster assistance payments would make an offender believe 2 times ahead of drinking and driving all over again.
She reported a point out lawmaker in Tennessee has agreed to introduce a “Bentley’s Law” in that point out when the legislative session commences subsequent yr. Williams said she hopes to acquire her combat in opposition to drunken driving nationwide.
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