Posted: May 11, 2013 1:11 PM by Jacqueline Quynh - MTN News
MISSOULA - Dozens of people gathered on the County Courthouse lawn in the memory of Chance Geery on Friday afternoon.
The Hellgate High School senior was hit and killed last month while walking down a sidewalk with his girlfriend by a driver who lost control of her vehicle on Mullan Road.
It was a calm gathering, despite how emotional some of the family members and friends we talked felt. Protesters held up their signs in front of the courthouse and nearby Broadway, demanding justice.
They say the court system let them down, with organizers, and Chance Geary's dad, saying they want the laws to change in Chance's honor.
"Don't misunderstand what we're here for. We're not here for Yoon Hee Cho. We're not here to crucify her, be mean to her. We're here to fix the decision on how to charge her say is not in place," Todd Geery said.
"We just want people to be aware of what was going on and what the situation was because there's a young man who's not going to be able to live his life and no body's being held accountable for it and I don't think that's very just," Taylor Dubois added.
Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenberg was also at the protest and reiterated that there was not enough evidence to charge the driver for a felony offense. But, he says the protest may be a start to getting the laws changed for cases like this in the future.
Organizers say they are in the process of starting a petition to change the law. Cho pleaded guilty this week to Careless Driving resulting in Death and for driving on the sidewalk and was sentenced to 30 days house arrest.