Family of man killed by alleged drunk driver speaks about coping with the loss
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Inside their home off Dixie Highway, Megan Davis points to pictures of her fiance, 21-year-old Steven Hesler.
"That's your daddy. He loves you," Megan tells her one-year-old girl, Sophia Hesler. "Daddy? Dada!" The little girl exclaims. "Yeah, that's your daddy," Megan says warmly, "He loves you very much. He loves you very much."
Sophia Hesler cannot ask where her dad is, but every time she says his name, "dada," it breaks her family's heart. Someday, when she can understand, Davis will tell her daughter what happened.
"It's hard to plan, your fiance, your best friend, the person you actually seen spending the rest of your life with, it's hard to plan their funeral and pick out that person's casket."
Just after 10 p.m. Saturday night, police say 40-year-old Candice Harris crashed into 21-year-old Steven Hesler, on his motorcycle. It happened at the intersection of Dixie Highway and Dixie Garden Drive.
Officials say Harris smelled strongly of alcohol and failed several field sobriety tests. She is now charged with murder and DUI and is still in Louisville Metro Corrections on bond. Hesler died Monday after fighting for his life in the hospital.
Davis says she treasures the last text message Hesler sent her before he left work the night of the wreck. "I said, 'I love you,' he said, 'I love you more baby girl, I'm about to leave and run to Walmart, I love you, I love you so, so, so much," Davis read from her phone.
The two were together for four years, and got engaged last year. Now, Davis is a single mother and is reminded of Steven every time she looks at Sophia.
"Everybody says that she looks identical to him," she explained. She urges others to think before getting behind the wheel.
"When she took her turn, she took our life with her. She took everything from us," said Davis.
Harris is scheduled to be in court Nov. 19. Hesler's family says they plan to be there too.
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