(KMOV) – It took more than a year for charges to be filed against a drive involved in a fatal alcohol-induced crash.
The woman charged was almost twice the legal limit and did not have valid insurance. A fact, prosecutors would never have known if the victim’s family hadn’t said something.
Brooke Bahmler was killed on February 14, 2013 in Sauget, Illinois. The accident reconstruction report showed Bahmler caused the crash but the driver who hit her, Shara Frison was charged with aggravated driving under the influence because she didn’t have valid insurance.
“They lost a daughter and a sister, and their other daughter was severely injured, so they're gratified,” said Alan Mandel, Bahmler’s family attorney.
Bahmler said Frison was all too close to being charged with a lesser crime because police didn’t investigate or check with her insurance company to make sure her card was up-to-date.
Frison’s “no valid insurance” was not included on the accident report. Because of that St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said he was ready to move forward with charging Frison with misdemeanor DUI.
But Bahmler’s family urged Kelly to take a closer look at Frison’s insurance.
“We were able to pursue the unusual felony charge based upon the defendants expired insurance. Thanks to the Bahmler family this is an option we will encourage police on the scene to investigate in every traffic related death,” Kelly stated.
Sauget Police officials said they will be making some changes.