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Mother of drunk driving victim pushes for change

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It was an emotional Wednesday morning as Abigail Valentine sat in court staring down 50-year-old Tamilia Lindsly. Lindsly is accused of hitting and killing Abigail's 25-year-old son as he tried to cross the street near 3rd avenue and Liberty Park Place " I don’t think it's fair that I don't ever get to see my son again," said Jeffery Valentine’s mother, Abigail.

According to police Lindsly was going 40 miles-per-hour over the 30 miles per hour speed limit when she hit Jeffery Valentine. Abigail carried Jeffery's remains in an urn with her to the hearing. The family wore t-shirts with Jeffery's photo on them, and Abigail had Jeffery's drivers license attached to her shirt. Valentine says seeing the woman who hit her son has given her strength to push forward “Just determination to make sure that something gets done for the spot where my son's life was taken very tragically that should have never happened,” added Abigail. 

Abigail would like to see changes to the popular intersection of 3rd and Liberty Park Place. At the intersection where Jeffery was killed, there are yellow pedestrian signs and only one street light. Abigail is asking Spokane politicians to get the ball rolling to make that intersection safer for anyone who uses it.

Abigail would like to see flashing pedestrian lights installed at the intersection, "I am really bothered that nobody has put a light there. Because it's connected to a park and there's so many people and kids that are at that area that travel that spot a lot, and nobody stops there ever even when somebody's standing at the crossing signs nobody stops."

A trial date has been set for July 2nd, 2018 and Lindsly is being held on $500,000 bond. 

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