A Broome County judge handed down his verdict against Jaclyn Wesley. She was found guilty on all counts in relation to a May 2011 car crash that killed three people. Prosecutors say she was driving drunk when it happened. Our Melissa Kakareka has reaction from the family members of those who died in the crash.
BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- It's been more than two years since the car Jaclyn Wesley was driving went off Route 88 in the Town and Fenton and into the Chenango River, killing Robert Moorehead III, Carri Michalski and Robert Marshall.
On Tuesday, a judge convicted Wesley on three counts of vehicular manslaughter, one count of DWI and one count of driving with a BAC of greater than 0.08. It's the verdict family members of the victims have been waiting for.
"It’s been two years, four months, four days. And I know it’ll never bring our son back, but we are here 'till the end to get justice," said Robert Moorehead's mother Karen Moorehead.
"She needs to pay for what she did. She just took so much away from us. My heart is just broken," said Carri Michalski's mother Kathy Moore.
Family members of Robert Moorehead III gathered outside the Broome County courthouse Tuesday, wearing shirts depicting their loved one.
"He was a great kid. He was well liked. He touched many people’s lives," said Robert's father Robert Moorehead Jr.
Carri Michalski's daughter and mother carried a photo of their loved one's wedding day to the courthouse.
"If you needed a place to sleep, some place to eat, you came to our house, because she wouldn't tell you no. She tried to help every kid with some kind of problem," said Carri Michalski's daughter Tosha Williams.
While family members are happy with the verdict, they hope their tragedy serves as a lesson to the community.
Karen Moorehead said, "I hope someday I can be strong enough to go to these schools about talk to these young children about do not get in the car when anybody is driving that has been drinking."
"There’s so many people walking and driving and so many people you can hurt and kill. And they have families. Think about your own family, think about their families and don’t drink and drive," said Williams.
Wesley will be sentenced on January 7th.