Posted: May 7, 2013 3:39 PM by Irina Cates - MTN News
MISSOULA - Some community members want to see a change in the Montana law after a Hellgate High School senior was hit and killed by a distracted driver.
There's now a Facebook page called "Real Justice for Chance Geery #58" and there will be a protest later this week.
Geery, 18, was hit on Mullan Road last month. Investigators say Yoon Hee Cho looked away from the road for less than two seconds when she drove up onto the sidewalk and hit Geery and his girlfriend from behind. His girlfriend was OK, but Geery died from his injuries.
Cho is facing a misdemeanor charge for the incident. Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg said to file a felony charge in this case, there would have to be gross negligence on the driver's part, which involves something like speeding or driving under the influence.
Some community members want this law changed so the charge becomes a felony, even if what happened is an accident.
"The day I heard about what the lady's charges were, it just really upset me the way that things were being handled with it, you know. So, I was talking to a few people and we wanted to make a Facebook page just to see what kind of justice we can try to get out of it, and about two days later there's almost 900 likes and everyone's willing to show up and show their support for the family," says Monica Glanton who created the Real Justice for Change Geery Facebook page.
"We're just going to stand with signs, peacefully, and we're just kind of all talk about what we're going to do from there, and what we can do, and what our options are for everything to try and get something changed because of this. Because if this happens again, it's just, it's crushing for everyone involved," said Taylor Dubois, who's also helping with the cause.
The protest will be this Friday at 4 p.m. in front of the Missoula County Courthouse.