Family of victims killed by suspected drunk driver speaks out
After police say a drunk driver killed a mother and son Saturday, family members have a message for that driver.
Mark Latulippe says he and the rest of the family are still trying to make sense of the crash that killed Nancy Latulippe and her 14-year-old son Jackson.
"There's a hole that may never be filled," Latulippe said. "Nancy is absolutely wonderful. Strong, so strong. Jackson, he and my son could not be more opposite."
Nancy is Mark's cousin-in-law, and Jackson is his nephew.
Nancy's husband is still fighting for his life in the hospital, while her 10-year-old daughter has since been released.
Latulippe says the four in the car were driving to the airport to return home to California at the time of the crash.
According to police, 41-year-old Guy Brasted was driving northbound on Research Boulevard near MoPac when he lost control of his car, broke through the cable barrier, and crashed head-on into the Latulippes, who were on the southbound lanes.
Police also say Brasted's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
Mark Latulippe is a California Highway Patrol Officer, and he says he is all too familiar with these crashes. He has given presentations on drunk driving.
"I feel like I'm living in one of my presentations," Latulippe said. "This was completely preventable."
Latulippe says if Brasted had taken a cab, Lyft or Uber, his family would all still be alive today.
"The family is broken. We have a 10 year old up there. Her mom is gone, her brother is gone. Her father is fighting for his life, again for something that didn't need to happen," Latulippe said.
Brasted is charged with 2nd degree intoxication manslaughter.
Latulippe says the family has a message for Brasted, as well as anyone else thinking of getting behind the wheel after a few drinks.
"Learn from this. If for any reason he's out for this, learn from this," Latulippe said.