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Family of man killed by DUI driver expresses anger, strives for forgiveness

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say 35-year-old tow truck operator Jewan Turner was working on a car when he was hit and killed on the side of Beulah Church Road late Thursday night.

Emergency crews tried to resuscitate Turner but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family said they're having a hard time coming to terms with what happened.

"Pretty rough right now because it's very devastating to have someone just go like that," said Rev. William A. Hodge, the victim's uncle.

"We're all stunned right now," said Waddell Elliot, the victim's uncle.

Rev. Hodge said he always worried about Jewan when he went out on runs.

"The statistics for tow drivers on the side of the road are pretty high but you just never think about something like that happening to somebody close to you," said Hodge.

Police say 53-year-old Paula Oppel was driving the car that hit Turner.

Oppel is charged with murder, driving under the influence, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Oppel stood before a judge Saturday morning, with her emotional family behind her and her attorney in front of her.

"Everyone's remorseful. Everyone's concerned. & remorseful for the family too," attorney Brendan McLeod said.

The two family's didn't have any interaction in court.

"I mean if it was turned around and Jewan was that, I would have went to the family and say hey we're sorry," Elliot said.

"She was drunk. She left the scene of the accident," Hodge said.

We're told Oppel is likely to bond out on Monday.

"What they did, the $50,000 property bond, I just feel like that's a slap in the face. You can't put a price on a life," Elliot told WDRB.

While Turner's family mourns for the loss of their loved one, they're also trying to accept what happened by forgiving Paula Oppel.

"In my heart I do forgive her because I have to but I believe justice should be served," Hodge said.

"I'm mad at her. I'm definitely mad at her but also I'm praying for her. For her and her family," Elliot said.

A memorial will be held for Jewan Turner at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at the Bingo Palace on Dixie Highway.

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