~In Memoriam of Wendy and Kimberly Sands~.............

Wendi M. Cantrell

Victorville , CA 92392

Your Honor,

10-25-02

I first met and became friends with Wendy Sands approximately fourteen years ago. We were both involved in our church youth group at that time. She was two years younger than me. We got to know one another as we met together with the group each week. We also spent time getting to know one another on several week-long ministry trips and various camps.

Wendy was very friendly, loving and kind. She made friends easily within the group. Wendy was soft spoken and always had a smile on her face. Her younger brother Matt was also in the youth group and I remember how she used to look out for him and be protective of him. She was a loving sister, daughter, niece and friend. For the last six years of her life, she was a loving mother.

On June 10, 2000 , my friend's life and that of her daughter's came to a tragic end. Their death was senseless and sickening. They were two lives with a bright future. They were innocent people who unknowingly got in the path of a killer that day. They did nothing to warrant their deaths that day. On the other hand, Jason Dalby did and he lived. Jason Dalby drove drunk and killed Wendy and Kimberly Sands.

This tragedy could have been prevented had our justice system handled Dalby's first two offenses in accordance with the law. He shouldn't have been out on the streets and certainly not licensed to drive. Jason Dalby has a history of not learning from his mistakes. He will kill again if given the opportunity. He is sick and needs direction. He can't even begin to help himself. He needs mandated alcohol abuse counseling and should never be permitted to drive again. If he is ever given the license to drive again, then none of us are safe.

Our safety and security depend on the law being upheld and enforced. It is our responsibility as citizens to uphold the law. But, the justice system and law enforcement officers have the responsibility and have been given the authority to enforce the laws. Also, as evidenced in this case; if there is no consequence for the crime there is no need to change the criminal behavior. With this in mind, I would ask that you would please hold Jason Dalby to the entire length of his sentence. In doing this, you would also be giving Wendy and Kimberly's loved ones a gift in knowing that something good came as a result of their tragic deaths-that other lives might be spared by keeping one more drunk driver off of the roads. I would hope that you and other judges would hold all drunk drivers accountable for the crime committed. This is the logical first step in making our roads more safe and reducing the number of precious, innocent lives lost on our highways to drunk driving.

Wendi M. Cantrell

 


 

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