Drunk Driver’s Mom Sent to Jail for Laughing at Victim’s Family
A 25-year-old woman was drunk when she decided to get behind the wheel of her car, and she killed a man. Apparently her mother finds this hilarious, and now she’s been sent to jail for laughing at the victims’ families in the courtroom.
According to CBS, drunk driver Amanda Kosal admitted she was drunk when she drove her car across the center line and into oncoming traffic, where she crashed head-on into another vehicle, killing a young man and father of five named Jerome Zirker and severely injuring his fiancee, Brittany Johnson, who is now a single mother to five children.
Kosal pleaded guilty, and on Friday she was in court for sentencing. The drunk driver’s mom was there, and so were the families of the man she killed and the woman she seriously injured. The victims’ families were there to give victim impact statements to the judge.
Kosal at least was reportedly crying during the victim impact statements, but her mother and an unnamed male relative were reportedly laughing audibly while the victim’s sister was talking about the death of her brother.
Judge Qiana Lillard was having absolutely none of that. She stopped the proceedings and ordered the people joking in the back to be taken out of the courtroom immediately.
“I understand that you all are very upset because your loved one is going to prison but guess what, she’s going to prison for the choices that she made,” Lillard said. “These people are here grieving, saddened because a senseless act took away their loved one and you’re sitting here acting like it’s a joke? Not in Courtroom 502. Not today and not any other day.”
Kosal’s mother muttered something under her breath on her way out, and Lillard sentenced her to 93 days in jail for criminal contempt of court.
It takes a special lack of empathy to sit in a room and laugh at someone who has lost a child, a brother, and husband. To know that five kids are now going to grow up without a father, and it’s because of your kid? She should have been devastated.
Kosal’s mother came back in front of Lillard for her own hearing later and apologized so profusely that Lillard reduced the sentence to one day in jail, instead of 93.