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Family speaks out over downgraded charges in deadly car crash

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Updated: 5/02/2013 8:46 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The woman involved in a deadly crash now faces a lesser charge, and the family of the man killed is speaking out.

"I had found the person I had expected to spend the rest of my life with."

Lauren Annis struggles with heartbreak and the pain of losing the man she planned to grow old with.

Todd Annis, a popular youth pastor and volunteer chaplain, was killed in a car crash in September 2011.

Police arrested Holly King for driving with a suspended license causing death. A felony charge that could have landed her up to seven years in prison.

But in court Thursday, the judge downgraded the felony charge to first-degree misdemeanor.

Now, King faces a maximum sentence of one year.

"Her driving didn't cause this accident. We've got an accident reconstruction expert looking at it," said Curtis Fallgatter, King's defense attorney.

Action News did some digging and discovered she's no stranger to run-ins with the law. King racked up seven citations for speeding and careless driving.

A lengthy record the widow says should have kept King off the road and her husband alive.

"It's an injustice," said Annis. "I feel like it's unfair and I feel like how many more Holly Kings are out there are on the road? And how many more of those people is the state failing to protect me from."

The case will now be moved to another judge in county court.

The Annis family fears that could mean the lengthy legal process could start all over.
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HarlequinDane - 9/18/2013 12:03 PM
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Personally, I don't care if her driving did or didn't precipitate the ensuing accident. While the chain of events could just as easily have caused a validly licensed person to take the same course as her -- the simple truth is that with her license suspended, she should not have been behind a wheel AT ALL.

coolhand13 - 5/2/2013 11:16 PM
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I want to say I'm sorry for the families loss, But this was a car accident, with a woman with a suspended license, not revoked. This can not be tried in court like a D.U.I. that seem to be what the family wants. It was a terrible traffic Accident that could have happened to anyone license or not. They take away your right to drive not your physical ability to do so.

Sherri - 5/2/2013 9:01 PM
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The judge needs to retire cause obviously his/her thinking is way off in this matter. I feel the family has been done an injustice by the judge downgrading the charge. This sure as heck doesnt teach anyone anything and is why people still get behind the wheel of their vehicles no matter that they arent supposed to.
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