DALLAS –– Sr. Cpl. Patty Carter will never forget Memorial Day 2012, when colleagues at the Dallas Police Department knocked on her door to say that her son had been killed by a drunken driver.
Today she faced the man who took his life, Mathew Moore, in Judge Lena Levario’s 204th Criminal District Court.
"Mathew Moore, you robbed my son of his joyous life,” Cpl. Carter said, crying as she told her son's killer how his actions ruined the lives of two families.
"You have left a hole in my heart that can never be refilled or repaired."
On May 23, 2012, Moore was driving drunk. When he crashed into Jeremy Price after running a red light at the intersection of South Ervay and Corinth streets, his blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. Investigators said he was driving 70 miles-per-hour.
Price, 25, was killed almost immediately. Fellow officers came to Carter's home to tell her he died. He’d recently earned his associates degree in business management and was pursuing a bachelor’s.
“When he told me my son died at Parkland, I was just devastated and going to Parkland and seeing my son lying on the table was the worst feeling of my life,” she said.
Price's friend, 20-year-old Kellie Seaman, was also in the vehicle. She was five months pregnant. She lost the unborn child and lingered in a coma for 400 days until she died from her injuries.
"She went through pain and suffering for over a year,” said Gina Bell, Seaman's mother.
For all three deaths, Price will serve 15 years. The maximum he could have received was 20. He pled guilty to three counts of intoxication manslaughter as part of a plea deal agreed upon by each family involved.
"Maybe if the laws were stiffened a bit more it would make people think before making decisions to drink and drive,” Bell said.
Many lives were destroyed in this wreck. The families say they hope this serves as a reminder of the consequences of drinking and driving.
“I hope that every moment you are awake and every time you close your eyes the death of my son Jeremy and Kelly and unborn child is on your mind."