Family mourns the loss of loved one after one losing son to impaired driver

Family mourns the loss of loved one after one losing son to impaired driver

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - If you're a parent, the thought of losing your kid is unimaginable.

And for those who have, it's a pain that will never go away.

"When that coroner shows up in the middle of the night, you can't even begin to feel the heartache." Kim Duval said. "I just think such a bright light in this dark world was extinguished. I'll never bring him back."

Wyatt's mom says that he needed a ride to work around 7 p.m. that night, and got a ride with Marshall McFarland- somebody he knew roughly for a few months. The driver was under the influence of meth and alcohol.

Police say McFarland was under the influence of meth and has a blood alcohol content of 0.091, which is over the legal limit of .08.

They crashed on I-20 near mile marker 60 by highway 378.

Wyatt was thrown from the car and died at the scene of the crash.

Gina Hudson, Wyatt's aunt said "At times it feels like he's away. It's just hard to believe."

Wyatt's mom said she had a pit in her stomach that day, and felt like something bad was going to happen.

"I knew. I knew it wasn't my mother when the highway patrol and the coroner were at the door because highway patrol is traffic, so it was one of my children." Kim Duval said.

Since his death, his family has done everything they can to bring awareness to others.

"I don't want Wyatt just to be a statistic. I don't want him to just be a number on a memorial. I want his life to matter." Kim Duval said.

Wyatt's mom is meeting with lawmakers in efforts to have a law passed in her son's name to raise the minimum sentence on a DUI death.

Currently, the minimum is at one year, and she would like to see it set at ten.

"If you see something, say something. Even if you see someone in the parking lot and they may be impaired. Call the police. It's not worth this, under any circumstances." Kim Duval said.

She is now working and meeting with lawmakers in efforts to raise that minimum sentence after a tragedy took her son's life.

"If our message about DUI's and making that choice to drink and drive or doing drugs and driving will cause one person to think to uber, call a cab or a friend or family member, then our message will have been received." Kim Duval said.

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