In a sweet, clear voice, seven-year-old Reve Lefebvre sang about being left behind when her beloved grandmother who was killed in a February car collision caused by a drunken driver.
“You are too young to die. I’m too young to lose someone like you. I miss you. I miss you,” the little girl sang about her 73-year-old grandmother Margaret “Peggy” Braun in a videotape that became evidence in the Tuesday sentencing hearing of William Randolph Lenox.
After the tape was played and several relatives spoke, Judge Chris Bachmeyer sentenced Lenox, 29, to 25 years in prison for vehicular homicide and numerous other charges.
It was snowing heavily at 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, when Lenox drove his Ford Expedition without headlights in the wrong lane of Highway 93 and slammed into a Hyundai Santa Fe, according to a news release First Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Braun was killed. Her husband, and another couple, who were also in the car, were seriously injured, Russell said.
Lenox, who was traveling 52 mph in a 45 mph zone, had a blood alcohol content of .136 and had been smoking marijuana that day. On June 3, Lenox pleaded guilty to 11 felony counts including vehicular homicide, reckless driving and vehicular assault, the news release said.
In her video, Reve introduced herself and said she would like to talk about drinking and driving.
“Over 29 people a day die from drunk driving. You do the math,” Reve said. “That’s too many. One of those persons was my grandmother and I miss her very much.”
Then she sang her emotional song with verses including, “I had a dream and then I knew it was real. I lost someone I love … I am sad that someone took you away. Every night I look up at the stars for you …”