Relatives of drunken-driving victim ready to start healing

Relatives of drunken-driving victim ready to start healing

Mike and Michele Babb and Zach Acton were surrounded Wednesday by scores of family and friends who are sharing their pain in the loss of their daughter and fiance.

"Everything turned out the way we wanted it to," Mike Babb said of the sentence that Elizabeth Drewes received for killing his only daughter, Brittany Babb, 24, of Ogden.

"If she was the person she is today on Dec. 19, we wouldn't be here," added Michele Babb.

The Babbs and Acton were relieved to have the sentencing over.

"It's time to step in the direction of healing," said Acton, who told Judge Tom Difanis he lost his "soul mate" on Dec. 19.

Acton and Miss Babb were to be married this summer.

"Six months after Ms. Drewes made her hatred a reality, I continue to relive Brittany's last moments: driving home to get ready for our ski trip, the laughter and playful talk, followed suddenly by a scream that will haunt me until I die. Time will never heal the memory of waking up in that car, pleading and shaking the love of my life to wake up," Acton told the judge.

Acton sustained a compound fracture of one arm, three broken toes, broken ribs, bleeding on the brain, and an injured knee.

Michele Babb said nothing would take away the pain and anguish she has experienced.

"Not a day goes by where we don't think about (Brittany) and shed some tears for the life she would have had. ... For 24 years our lives were made richer by Brittany's presence, because to know her was to love her. That is all a memory now, a memory because Miss Drewes made the choice to drive drunk on Dec. 19, 2008."

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