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Indianapolis family wants tougher penalties for drunk drivers

Posted at 8:16 PM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 20:16:31-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Every day, there is a constant reminder of what happened to Isaac Oldham, who at 18 years old had his entire life ahead of him.

"It's been an emotional battle for all of us," Isaac's dad, Derrick Oldham, said. "It would've been great to see him grow up and make choices and be a father and all those things people do as they get older and unfortunately we will get to see any of that."

Isaac was killed Sept. 26 after he was hit by another driver while he was on his motorcycle. Sara Storey, 39, was arrested and charged with two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. She is currently out on bond awaiting a Dec. 12 trial.

"It's unfortunate that the crime that was committed with whether intentional or unintentional for a measly few thousand dollars somebody is able to walk the street after the crime," Derrick said. "There is no instant repercussions for the crime committed."

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Each count Storey faces is a Level 4 felony with a sentencing range of 2-to-12 years. Annie Baker with Mothers Against Drunk Driving said a victim advocate now works with the Oldham family as they go through the court process.

Baker said Indiana is one of 14 states that does not have a law requiring all offenders to get an ignition interlock device. Only repeat offenders must have the devices installed.

"During their suspension of their license, they would have this device in their car which ones they blow into it to try to start the vehicle if it detects any alcohol in their system the vehicle will not start," Baker said.

She said it has resulted in dramatic drops in deaths from impaired driving in other states. Isaac's family hopes sharing their story will help put a stop to drinking and driving.

"They proclaim it's 100% preventable, and it absolutely is," Derrick said. "He didn't even get a chance to really experience his full potential."