IRVINE (CBS) — Hundreds gathered Tuesday night to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of a 14-year-old who was killed in an alleged DUI crash last Memorial Day weekend.
The suspected drunken driver, 27-year-old Austin Farley, crashed into the car Ashton Sweet was a passenger in, killing her.
Ashton’s friend’s dad was driving. He is still haunted.
“I find it very very difficult to drive at night so I seldom drive at night,” Michael Ghaemi told Stacey Butler, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9.
Ashton’s parents donated her organs.
Now one year later, her mom yearns to meet the recipients. She hopes to try to contact them sometime this year.
“They’re special to me. I mean, they have a bit of Ashton in them but I don’t think of it in those terms — like I can go see her by seeing them — but I take a very personal interest in them,” Elizabeth Sweet, Ashton’s mom, said.
A trial date for Farley, who has previously been convicted of DUI, has not yet been set.