More than a year since a Red Deer couple was killed by a drunk driver, the family they left behind have relied on love, hope and sacrifice to deal with the tragedy.

23-year-old Chad Olsen slammed his pickup truck into Brad and Krista Howe’s small car in February 2010.

The couple left behind five children who were suddenly forced to find a way to deal with the fact that their parents were never coming home.

“All of a sudden a hundred people showed up from every which direction and I was more confused and then we got the news,” says Cory Howe, Brad and Krista’s son.

˜It’s never been the same.”

Grief will forever exist for their family – but so will hope.

The children have since been cared for by Krista’s sister, who selflessly left a busy career and travel-focussed life on the west coast to become a single mother to her sister’s children. Karla Green was working as a nurse and finishing her Master’s Degree at the University of British Colombia when the incident happened.

Karla says she knew how important it was to her sister to keep her children together but admits to feeling scared about the overwhelming responsibility of filling such an empty space.

“A parent’s love is unique and you can’t replicate that,” says Karla.

“I think about how hard it’ll be to watch McKenzie getting married or when she graduates from high school. It makes me sad to know I’m the person there. I am happy I am there but I just know Brad and Krista would have been so proud of her.”

The family is now motivating change in the way the justice system handles impaired drivers.

“Laws need to change, we need a consequence,” says Sandra Green, Krista’s mother.

“We can call 911, report drivers, but that makes us responsible and it doesn’t make them responsible.”

The family fights hoping it might be different for someone else.

“If he went to jail forever and never saw the light of day, nothing is going to change my life,” says Sandra.

“I feel cheated and robbed and feel story – Brad and Krista worked so hard – they planned and dreamed and none of those dreams will ever be realized.”

Olsen has since pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death. He will be sentenced on Wednesday.

Source: Global News Edmonton



Last updated on: 2013-01-16 | Link to this post