SUGARCREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) - "It's been horrific what we've dealt with," says Janet Carpenter.
She says not a moment goes by that she doesn't think about the night her daughter Sophie Kerrigan was killed in a crash.
"I could hear my son screaming and crying. I relive that every morning, afternoon and evening and my husband turning to me and saying that our Sophie was gone," explains Carpenter.
Kerrigan, along with her two friends 16-year-old Skylar Kooken and 14-year-old Julianna Hawk were killed when investigators say the driver of the truck they were riding in, lost control and slammed into a tree last November on Wagner Road in Sugarcreek Township.
Two other passengers were also injured.
That driver, 18-year-old Jesse Whitaker was charged Friday with three counts of vehicular homicide, three counts of vehicular manslaughter and failure to control.
Whitaker was 17-years-old at the time of the crash, so he's being charged as a juvenile.
2 NEWS was the only camera there as Whitaker showed up to the police station Friday afternoon.
Neither he nor his parents would talk to us. But his attorney tells us that no court date has been set yet.
Carpenter says she is working with the the other victims' families to change the law to hand out stricter punishments for minors if they are involved in serious crashes.
"We have also found out that when you're 16 and 17, you have, I believe, a halo of protection over you. You can go out and kill somebody and because you're that age, you just get a slap on the hand," says Carpenter.
Carpenter says she wants to know why it took prosecutors so long to file charges and she's upset because she says investigators didn't test Whitaker's blood for drugs or alcohol.
I called the prosecutor's office to ask them this and other questions but haven't heard back yet.
She says she didn't know Whitaker and hasn't heard from his since the deadly crash that killed her daughter.
"He has not made a phone call, his parents haven't made him come and apologize. So, no, they did not handle it well," says Carpenter.
Sophie's mother says her daughter loved animals and as a way to keep her memory alive, she's created the "Sophie for the Love of Animals Non-Profit Foundation."
There will be a fundraiser at Fiesta Hair Salon on Wilmington Pike on November 2nd from 9 AM to 6 PM.
For more information on the charity, go here.
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