Kelli Laine Lewis - ZERO "justice" SC SUCKS!
by Pam Taylor
(Tega Cay, SC)
Bumper Sticker. i wont let this state forget my baby girl
My only daughter Kelli Laine Lewis was killed at age 18 by TWO underage drunk drivers AND 3 morons that sold alcohol to teens for profit. My child's life was given a $5.00 price tag. The cost to drink at a keg party in the "adults" home in Rock Hill South Carolina.
Kelli begged for her life that night as the two cars raced on impulse after leaving the moron's house.
All three in the car Kelli was a passenger in, died on Gold Hill Rd in Fort Mill South Carolina. All were almost 3 times over the legal limit. They were all minors.
We will never know what the other minor's BAC was because it's ok to test dead passengers-- but not the underage drunk driver racing them. The "trooper" stated that while he knew the MINOR had been drinking, he hoped it made me feel better that he didn't let the kid drive his own car home and instead allowed him to "call a friend".
No, SCHP Trooper, that really did not make me feel any better to know that you didn't do the job you are PAID to do when you let an underage drunk driver who was drag racing which resulted in the deaths of THREE people--- leave the scene and didn't even give him a speeding ticket. WTF?!!!!!!!!
ahh but how could you charge him when after all, your own report reads "Erich declined to be interviewed" I guess we know who is in charge in the state of South Carolina. An underage drunk driver. Not the South Carolina Highway Patrol. No wonder this state is 2nd in the nation for DUI fatalities!
Anyone want to know some dirty lil secrets about South Carolina?
1) SCHP is the only state in the nation that do NOT carry a field breathalyzer!
2) SC makes the HP try their own DUI cases. I kid you not. IF (trust me, it's a big IF) a trooper and/or police issue a DUI, they must then go up against a seasoned DUI defense attorney (scum of the earth) who has been to law school while the trooper/police have NOT. So of course the sleazy defense atty is going to make a total fool of the trooper & humiliate him/her and of course the drunk driver will get a plea deal and never be charged for DUI. What trooper in their right mind would want to issue a DUI? Certainly not the ones working the night my child was killed.
3) As stated on this site- there is no 'per se law' here in SC, so guess what? it's not even considered at crime when a drunk driver is over the legal limit!
again, no wonder this state is 2nd in the nation for DUI fatalities!!!
Don't let me forget to mention TWO of the other state agencies in South Carolina that couldn't have cared less about the deaths of our THREE children.
SLED, which is the South Carolina Legal Enforcement Division (joke!) couldn't find the house where the ADULTS promoted, provided and profited off the selling of a lethal drug illegally to MINORS.
Ok, so while Jason's (one of the other boys that died) father and I are in the midst of the deepest pain any person can ever know-- we are out doing the state's job for them. WE found the house on our own and gave SLED the names of several of the other teens that were there that night also drinking.
We even came up with pictures of teens (including Kelli) inside THAT house on THAT night with bottles of alcohol lined up on a table! ahh but SLED was unable to interview the 'adults' because they too, refused to be interviewed. nice huh?!
SLED is not complying with the 'Freedom of information act' by holding out on photo's they took at the adults house of the empty beer kegs out in front of the moron's house and other information "they cant find" but that's ok, I've seen enough and I honestly wouldn't expect anything less from these Barney's.
I also found out the other underage drunk driver (that lived) went into a gas station AFTER the trooper let him call his buddy to pick him up from the crash scene-- where he was on video and audio talking about the race and crash while trying to purchase more beer with a fake ID. So I sent SLED to the gas station to obtain the tapes. They came back and told me there was nothing on the tapes.
huh? how can that be when the clerk that was working that night told me it was all on tape!
It wasn't until I finally got their 'investigation' report that I noticed--- they went to the wrong gas station. The one they went to wasn't even on the same street of the one I told them to go! it's not like they were both a franchise of the same name. One was a Texaco and the other was a Crown station.
Seriously, Barney Fife could have done a better job for our kids.
The state district attorney, which in the south is called a 'solicitor' (figures)
did not take the case against the ADULTS stating that our "kids actions led to their own demise" duh. we are painfully aware of that. Had the ADULTS not provided our minor children with a lethal drug that is supposed to be illegal for them to have in the first place--- they would not have been three times over the legal limit and Kelli would not have made the last mistake of her life by catching a ride with a kid from high school that had been drinking!
He also told me that there was no proof that the kids drank in that house- they might have gotten the alcohol from somewhere else.
I guess Mr. D.A. forgot what they taught him in law school about 'common sense' and the photo's we had of our kids INSIDE that house. I don't know what the two boys did prior to going to that house-- but I do know exactly what my child did.
Kelli left our house with two girlfriends & went to THAT house and drank. I have the two friends that told me AND law enforcement this fact.
so it's not ok to sell a meth out of your private home-- but in South Carolina-- if it's a drug the state makes money off of-- then it's all good?!!!
You can meet the three morons that helped kill our children by going here
just click on ' the dirty three' tab
you might want to also click on the 'MADD?!!' tab, as true to form for SC,
they also let our 3 families down greatly.
I also have a site for Kelli that is doing what SC refuses to do, make a difference and save some lives.
I will make sure my daughter's life AND death matter in this world!
~Pam Taylor, still Kelli's mom
& yes, I'm still bitter.