Missouri bill would require drunk drivers to pay child support if a parent is killed in an accident


A woman tasked with raising her son’s two children after he, her fiance and their baby were killed by a drunk driver, is fighting to propose a new law that will force drunk drivers to pay child support.

“Bentley’s Law” would make drunk drivers who cause the death of a parent responsible for paying child support to a surviving spouse or parent raising children up to the age of 18, KMOV 4 reported.

Cecilia Williams began working on the bill after a crash on a Missouri freeway in April killed her son, Cordell Williams, his fiancee, Lacey Newton, and the couple’s son, Cordell Williams II.

According to the outlet, all three died after being struck by a vehicle driven by David Thurby whose blood alcohol level was double the legal limit. Thurby faces three counts of DWI leading to the death of another.

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The couple’s other two children, Mason, 3, and Bentley, 5, whose name Bill is named, are being raised by Cecilia Williams.

“A lot of people find themselves in the situation where the person who killed or injured their family, they have no insurance, they have no assets, they have nothing”, Cecilia Williams told the Daily Journal. “And yet they kind of have enough to buy other things. … In Bentley’s law, that would be part of victim services and prevent people from having to go through a lawyer for restitution.

Williams won the support of State Representative Mike Henderson, and lawmakers in Tennessee have taken an interest in the bill as well. She told the Daily Journal that she hopes to make the law national.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Drunk drivers would pay child support under Missouri bill


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