Family of crash victims prepare for driver's sentencing
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The man charged in a fiery crash that killed four people is expected to be sentenced Monday for his crimes.
Charles "Michael" Barlow is charged with four counts of reckless homicide in connection to a fiery crash on Highway 111 in October 2012. Police say Barlow's taxi crossed over into oncoming traffic, killing his passengers and the driver of the car he hit.
According to court documents obtained by WDRB, Barlow admitted to drinking alcohol before the crash.
Investigators say he was going at an excess of 80 mph when he hit the Cadillac.
"When the police showed up at my door at 5 a.m. I didn't know what to think," recalled Angela Roby. "I certainly didn't think he was dead."
Family of the victims, say Monday's scheduled sentencing is something they've waited nearly 15 months for.
"I know he didn't do it intentionally, but he knowingly got behind that wheel so he has to be held accountable," says Terri Beeler. Her daughter, 39-year-old Tara Hirsekorn was one of the passengers in Barlow's cab.
For Beeler, a collage of photos and the companionship of her daughter's two children get her through the everyday. But the absence Tara's death left behind, has her hoping for a maximum sentence.
"He should get the maximum," says Beeler. "What ever the judge can hand down, that's what he should get."
While across town, Michael Roby's wife, Angela Roby, and their two children prepare for Barlow's day in court.
"I am very angry at him for killing my father," says Michaelangelo Roby. He says he and his younger sister have been attending grief counseling for the last year.
Although Angela says she would like to see the maximum sentence for the man allegedly responsible for killing her husband, she knows no sentence will bring him or her friends back.
"I have had a year to think about what I would want and what could possibly satisfy me," said Angela Roby. "They're gone forever and no amount of time will bring them back."
And their loss isn't the only thing these two women share. For both, it will be their first time seeing Barlow face-to-face since the wreck.
"It's going to be tough to be brave and not have any bitterness or resentment," says Roby.
Roby and other family members of the four victim's will share their stories of loss and heartache in court Monday through Victim's Impact Statements.
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