Feb 19, 2013 7:35 AM by Kristen Holloway
A man accused of drunk driving and killing a Lafayette woman will be in Lafayette District court today for arraignment. Fred Dutton Jr., is charged with vehicular homicide, OWI, and disobeying traffic control signals in a November 2012 crash that killed 22-year-old Rachael Sonnier at the corner of Kaliste Saloom Road and Rue Louis The Fourteenth. Sonnier died at the scene.
Cathy Sonnier says each passing day without Racheal, isn't easy but it has gotten better. She gives her community a lot of credit for helping her family through such trying times.
"Closure is something that we're going to each have to reach in our way and in our own time and for our own reasons," said Sonnier.
Rachael Sonnier's mother, Cathy Sonnier says when defendant Fred Dutton junior enters his plea it's only the beginning of a long process. Despite the tragedy she's choosing to stay positive about the situation. Cathy says she isn't missing a minute of the trial and wants the man accused to see the family that he's crushed.
"As a family we will be there for Racheal we want to ensure that justice is served," said Sonnier.
Cathy says she is expecting a "not guilt to plea" but is hoping for the best.
"Man up, accept the responsibility for what you did. Don't put us through more hell then what you already have," said Sonnier.
Rachael's three-year-old son Caiden still struggles with his mother's loss but cathy cays he often times bring joy to the rest of the family when he's around," said Sonnier.
He's the light of our live, we love him and adore him. We have every right to be angry we can't let it control or dictate us but it is necessary for us to acknowledge it and express it," said Sonnier.
Fred Dutton Jr. arraignment is scheduled for this morning, if convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison.