When a DUI results in the loss of life, the driver can face multiple charges and a very long prison sentence. Some take this time to reflect on their actions and attempt to make recompense for their mistakes. One such person in Los Angeles County is doing just that.
Tyler Thompson was just 24 years old when he drove the wrong way down the 210 Freeway in Azusa on August 9, 2014. He ended up being in an accident that claimed the life of 19-year-old Justin Romo.
Now 26, Thompson originally pleaded not guilty to the charges but changed his plea to no-contest. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He apologized to Romo’s family in court.
Now, Thompson, with the help of his family, has set up a GoFundMe page in order to help his victim’s family.
Lupe Garcia, Romo’s mother, has bonded with Thompson’s mother over the loss of both of their sons. Drawing on her faith, Garcia said that she forgave Thompson.
“I gave it to God, I said, ‘Tyler Thompson is all yours,'” Garcia said.
While it is not restitution, the GoFundMe page is a way for Thompson to help lift up Romo’s family and warn others of the consequences of drunk driving.
In a statement during a jailhouse phone call recording, Thompson had this to say: “Words can’t describe the remorse I felt and still do…how could I go on. I attempted suicide, but I failed…I believe we all have a purpose.”
If you would like to donate to the Romo family, the GoFundMe page can be found here.
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