A thank you and a correction

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I know that this is the second post today and I won’t normally do this but I wanted to thank Katie Starr for her story in the paper.  I was worried about how it would get portrayed (not so big on the trusting of peoples’ motives anymore) and she did a wonderful, respectful piece.

There was one mistake, which I know most people make, which I feel the need to correct.

The other driver was only charged with Over .08.  He wasn’t found  not guilty of Impaired Driving Causing Death or  Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm, the Crown Attorney didn’t even charge him with those (I have since learned that that is more often the case than not in Canada).   He pled Guilty to the Over .08 charge and was given a 1 year licence suspension and a $1250.00 fine ($250.00 over the usual fine “because of the seriousness of the outcome” (paraphrasing the judges words there , not mine – I think that I would have preferred that they didn’t add that.  It was just another slap in the face that they put a $250.00 price tag on Grace’s life).

That is kind of my issue with the law and the system we have for enforcing it.  As any of you know that have been tossed into the mire we call the Criminal Courts, it’s broken.  We actually have the laws in this country, their just written in a way that you could drive a truck through the loopholes.

Thank you for reading the second post today and I will refrain from doing this too often.

9 Responses to A thank you and a correction

  1. I am so sorry to learn of your loss.
    This outcome is down right wrong! A measly $1250 for a loss of a life!
    For driving drunk and killing someone?! What is wrong with our justice system.
    My boyfriend has his insurance cut off without notice a couple years ago and he got pulled over while driving. His fine was $4000!!
    How can they justify that for a loss of a poor innocent girl! This guy should be in jail!

  2. Hi Julie: I’m good friends with your sister Lori and have followed you, through her, for the unbelievable journey. I commend your strength and determination to bring a spotlight on our broken Criminal Justice system. It is so unfair how you have been treated and my heart goes out to you. I’ve been hit by a drunk driver, but survived, so I hope I can add a pair of shoes to your mission (Lori will tell you shoes are my passion 😉 – so take refuge in the thought that many people are standing around you supporting you. I share your disbelief act the way the Criminal Justice system works – or better said “doesn’t work” and takes care of the guilty instead of the victim.

    • Hi Lisa,

      I know exactly who you are and thank you so much for your support through all of this, not just for Lori but for me as well. Your comments came at just the right time for me. I’m so glad to hear someone else call it the Criminal Justice system – since they are the only ones that really get any justice out of it.
      I would love shoes from survivors. The only thing that I ask is that you mark them as such (I may have to sort them into groups later, but am not sure yet).
      There were many mitigating reasons for picking shoes, instead of say a quilt, or drawing/painting (mostly, I can’t really sew and although I love to draw and paint, I’m really not very good) but to anyone that knew Grace, she LOVED HER SHOES. I have managed to give some of her clothes to charity but not the shoes. They say so much about a person.
      I will get the shipping info to Lori – I’m hoping that I will need something bigger than my house to collect them all in (You wouldn’t happen to know anyone that owns a storage facility would you?? 😉

  3. As a matter of fact lets make it a mission to fill that “storage facility” lol Thanks for remembering me – we will keep in touch….

  4. Kudos to you, Julie for sharing your story and bringing awareness to a system that is indeed broken! Best of luck with your project. Your daughter was blessed with terrific parents.

  5. I am Lucas and Maddie’s Grandmother, They loved Gracie , and I cry about this each time I hear of our laws. She is always remembered. it will take a judges family to get hit with this crime, before the law becomes real to the court system.

    • Hi Mrs. Beaudreau. Thank you for your comments and also for your wonderful grandchildren. I know that Maddie has been a great friend to Hannah through this and every time I look at Lucas, I can’t help but remember how much fun Grace had with him. They were so much alike. Two quirky little soul mates. Unfortunately, at the rate we’re going it will not be long before everyone knows someone that has been killed or injured by a drunk driver. Contrary to the media, it is a growing not a shrinking problem.

  6. Hello Julie;

    My name is Markita Kaulius and I am the Founder of the Families For Justice Society in BC Canada. We can be found on Face book just look for our logo of a red Canadian maple leaf with a family standing in front of the leaf. We are families from across Canada who have all lost a child or loved one to an impaired driver in Canada. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your daughter Grace. There is nothing more painful then living without your child.

    We are supporting many families and continue to fight for tougher sentencing. Please check us out as we also did a shoe event at the Surrey courthouse where we laid out 1074 pairs of shoes which represented the number of lives lost in 2011in Canada the same year my 22 year old daughter Kassandra was killed. I would love to speak with you in person. I can be reached at {personal information removed} or at familiesforjustice@shaw.ca. I look forward to speaking with you.

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