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Family Mourning over Loss of Daughter

Daughter Killed in Crash--Driver of other Vehicle Charged with OWI

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 5:18pm

  The Sonnier family says they can't imagine life without Rachael, who was killed in a crash.  Lafayette Police suspect the driver of the other car was drunk.

  "She was only 22, but she was so mature for her age, happy, I mean you can see in the pictures always smiling."--Kathy Sonnier--Mother of Rachael Sonnier

  Rachael Sonnier's 3 year old son was in the car when she was killed.

  "It's hard to explain to a 3 year old that mommy's not coming home.  We're blessed in that we were shutterbugs and we have tons of pictures of her to help us help her son remember her and to help him know how much his mother loved him."--Kathy Sonnier

  Kathy says that the family's mourning has now turned into anger, and their just ready to seek justice for Rachael.

  "I want this man to serve whatever the maximum sentence is for doing what he did to my daughter."--Kathy Sonnier

  The driver charged with OWI is 23 year old Fred Dutton from Lafayette.  We're told Dutton left a bar after drinking with a friend, and the Sonnier family wants to make sure he's locked up.

  "There's no amount of money that can bring my daughter back or make our grief any easier, but she does have a son that has to grow up without the mother that busted her butt to see that he had all of his needs met."--Kathy Sonnier

  Rachael's mom Kathy says she's going to do everything she can to make sure Dutton goes to jail, and she wants all drivers to know that one bad decision could ruin the lives of an entire family.

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