Help us seek tougher penalties on DRUNK DRIVERS for Kimberly Phillips and Loraya Braxton
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My sister Loretta Boykins experienced a horrific tragedy, one that know parent should ever experience. Her oldest and youngest daughters were killed by a speeding drunk driving, who left the scene initially but decided to return. Let me share Loretta's story, and I hope that you will sign this petition and share it with others. Kim Branch
Loretta Boykins story.
On January 27, 2017, I arrived home to every parents worst nightmare. My daughters Kimberly Phillips age 19 and Loraya Braxton age 10 were hit and killed by a speeding drunk driving while crossing Roosevelt Blvd. The driver had hit Kimberly so hard that she went flying into the air, he slammed Loraya so bad that she flew some100 feet away from the scene.
The drunk driver hit into Kimberly with so much endurance that she lost her leg and died on the scene. Loraya was launched so hard that she went into cardio arrest and died at the hospital. Kimberly had 2 sons ages 5 and 4, that she will never be able to hold again. When my grandsons get older I have to endure the pain of telling them what happened to there mother and aunt.
The driver was a 45 year old male named Kenneth Ruch.
He initially left the scene and stopped some blocks away, but later returned. Mr. Ruch was in the car with his wife. Both of them was under the influence, but Mr. Ruch was the one driving once they returned to the scene. He had 1 prior DUI, which he had 6 months probation for. Once he returned the police placed him in to custody and under arrest. The next day he was out on a $100,000 bond and charged with DUI, HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE, INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER, HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE WHILE UNDER INFLUENCE.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA vs KENNETH RUCH case number:
Under PA law, the crime of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence are: Traffic violation-related offense. Homicide-by-vehicle based on a traffic violation is a third-degree felony. Convicted motorist generally face up to seven years in prison and a maximum $15,000 in fines.
DUI-related offense. A DUI-related homicide-by-vehicle conviction is a second-degree felony. A conviction generally carries up to ten years in prison and a maximum $25,000 in fines. For any homicide-by-vehicle conviction, the motorist is also looking at a three- year license suspension.
Such a sentence is only possible because our judicial system does not take hit-and-runs very seriously. For this reason, I feel it is important to advocate for this bill. We need to overhaul the sentencing guidelines for these types of tragedies. We need to make sure that our legal system holds individuals accountable to society for their actions. We need the Pennsylvania legislature to take a hard stance against reckless motorists who cause injury or death to pedestrians, runners, or cyclists.Such a sentence is only possible because our judicial system does not take hit-and-runs very seriously.
For this reason, I feel it is important to advocate for this bill. We need to overhaul the sentencing guidelines for these types of tragedies. We need to make sure that our legal system holds individuals accountable to society for their actions.
My girls were young they had a whole life to live, I will never be able to help them plan their weddings. I will never have the chance to see those beautiful smiles of theirs again. So please help me get stricter sentences for criminal defendants.
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