No one can put a time limit on the grief a person is likely to experience after the death of a loved one. The depth of that grief can only be imagined when it is a mother's being endured as the result of the untimely death of a child.
If someone else's negligence or recklessness is suspected of having caused the apparent wrongful death, it's easy to appreciate how that grief may be mingled with feelings of anger.
This seems to be the pain that the mother of a 22-year-old Columbus woman is going through. Her daughter died six months ago in what police say was a drunk driving accident. Today, she wears a locket that carries some of her daughter's ashes, but she says it all doesn't seem real.
What has made matters worse is that the victim's boyfriend, who was also involved in the crash, claimed that the young woman was driving at the time. Police did not believe that story then, but it wasn't until this week that they were able to bring charges against the boyfriend.
According to investigators, all the evidence at the scene indicated that the boyfriend was behind the wheel. They pointed to the fact that the young woman's body was thrown from the vehicle in the course of the crash, but the driver's door was intact. They also noted eyewitness accounts that said the boyfriend was driving.
Apparently, it took this long for blood test results to confirm that, even four hours after the crash, the boyfriend was still legally drunk. But this week, officials formally charged the boyfriend with aggravated vehicular homicide. If convicted, he could go away for up to 10 years.
It is a fact that all the justice in the world cannot bring a loved one back. But the pursuit of the full measure of justice through criminal and civil action may offer survivors the assurance that the person responsible for the death has been held to account.
Source: WBNS-TV, "Man Charged In Deadly Crash After Claiming Girlfriend Was Behind The Wheel When She Was Killed," Maureen Kocot, May 13, 2014