Posted: Jul 30, 2012 12:50 PM by Elizabeth Hill
Updated: Apr 19, 2013 3:55 PM
"We just wanna know what happened."
"We just want closure and it's been way too long."
Kimberly Broussard and Kelly Breaux have been anxiously waiting for nearly two months to find out if the accident that killed their friend was caused by an intoxicated driver.
"We don't want them to make a mistake in figuring out whether or not he was intoxicated, we just want answers," says Breaux.
"We just wanna know that if it was him being irresponsible or if it was just an accident," says Broussard.
As days turned into weeks Breaux and Broussard say their frustration grew. So they decided to take matters into their own hands. Sending letters to state lawmakers asking for reform to get toxicology results back quicker.
"So far we have about three meetings set up."
Breaux says she knows of at least four states that have started using saliva testing on the scene of accidents. This allows police to determine more quickly if a driver is intoxicated. Breaux hopes her efforts can help loved ones of other victims find the closure they need.
"We can give her a legacy, give her daughter a legacy and we'll know that her death wasn't in vain."
Cacie Barras McGrew was killed in a car crash June 9 on Youngsville Highway. Police say another driver, Wade Lohse crossed the center line and struck Barras' car head-on. Lohse was treated at the hospital for minor injuries.
It is still unclear why Lohse crossed the line. Police cited him for having an open container and driving on the wrong side of the road. A toxicology report is still pending.
A plate lunch fundraiser for Cacie's daughter Karley will be held August 19 in New Iberia. All the details on this can be found on the Justice for Cacie Barras McGrew Facebook page.