A mom continues to find a way to cope almost one year after a drunk driver killed the father of her three young boys.
Ashley Breaux met and fell in love with Joe Wise, an offshore foreman. They would spend 11 years together, loving, laughing and caring for their three sons, Grady, 10, Grant, 7 and 6-year old Gage. In December of 2013, their time was cut short, after 58-year-old Charles Moter struck an SUV. Wise, the front-seat passenger and the two rear passengers, 14-year old Cassie Kilby and 16-year old Kaylin Flyte, who was pregnant at the time, died instantly. Wise’s brother, Nathaniel Malone was the driver and only survivor in the vehicle struck by Moter.
Breaux still vividly remembers that day; the calls and texts she received and the phone call she made that would verify her worst fear.
“When I hung up with the coroner, my kids were in the backseat and they said, ‘Mom, don’t tell me my dad is dead.’
Disbelief filled her mind and anger filled her heart. Her best friend, first love and her children’s father would miss birthdays, anniversaries, and fishing trips his sons loved so much.
“I have three innocent kids that lost their dad that day. They are boys. They need a father. I do my best, but I know I’m not there dad. I’m nowhere close,” Breaux explained with tears stuck in her eyes.
It would be Moter’s first DUI arrest. With a blood alcohol of .18, he was originally charged with three counts of vehicular homicide, third-degree feticide, negligent injuring, driving left of center and reckless operation. In November of 2014, Moter plead guilty to the vehicular homicide charges and one charge of vehicular injury. Breaux sat in the audience during Moter’s plea; staring at the man she holds responsible for ruining her life.
“It’s like he has no care. No care over what he did,” she said.
Breaux will have to see Moter once again during his sentencing on December 11th, 2014. On that day, she will make a plea of her own, to the judge, asking for the maximum sentence allowed.
“This man didn’t just take three lives. He took a lot more than that. A lot more. Charles Moter walked away without a scratch. There was nothing wrong with him,” Breaux said, holding her son Grant’s hand. “We have to learn how to live again. It’s almost a year now and we still haven’t done that. My kids are so angry, they have so much hate inside.”
According to Louisiana’s vehicular homicide law, LSA-R.S. 14:32.1,
“Whoever commits the crime shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than five years nor more than thirty years. At least three years of the sentence of imprisonment shall be imposed without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. If the operator’s blood alcohol concentration is 0.15 percent or more by weight based upon grams of alcohol per one hundred cubic centimeters of blood, then at least five years of the sentence of imprisonment shall be imposed without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.”
Not withstanding the provisions of Code of Criminal Procedure Article 883, if the offense for which the offender was convicted pursuant to the provisions of this Section proximately or directly causes the death of two or more human beings, the offender shall be sentenced separately for each victim, and such sentences shall run consecutively.”
Breaux hopes her story will serve as a lesson for anyone wanting to drink and drive.
“You are not just putting your life at risk, but other’s lives and the families of others.”