nicole lalime

by haley

An artist and writer, Lilly's pictures and writings stopped December 16, 2008 about 3pm. As the Bleyl Junior High School eighth grader stepped off her school bus, John Winnie, driving drunk and speeding, smashed into her bus and then her, just feet from her home.Winnie, 30 years old at the time, was caught four miles away after crashing into a homeowner's yard. Bloodied from the accident he showed little remorse during his arrest. But on Monday wearing an orange jumpsuit, the judge ordered him to turn and face the friends and family who crowded the courtroom. Winnie pleaded guilty to failure to stop and render assistance and intoxication manslaughter. Lilly's death prompted State Senator Dan Patrick, present for the sentencing, to author Senate Bill 261, dubbed the Lilly Act. Lilly's older sister Michelle Mahmud says explaining to her son why his Aunt Lilly no longer visits has been tough.

Monday was filled with tears and hugs for the Lalime family. A year and a half ago, 13-year-old Nicole, known as Lilly to her friends, was hit by a drunk driver, seconds after stepping off a school bus. As her family stood feet away from the man responsible for taking her life, they also forgave him

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