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Samantha Semmern's Family Speaks Out

WEST RICHLAND, Wash. -  The family of Samantha Semmern speaks out after the man who prosecutors allege crashed into her and killed her two months ago is charged with vehicular homicide.

In Samantha's obituary, it said she had ambitions to change the world but it also ends by saying she was killed by a drunk driver.

On Monday, 51-year-old David Pleake of Kennewick was charged with vehicular homicide. Benton County Prosecutors said he was drunk when he crashed into the driver's side of Samantha's car on Highway 240 and Van Giesen in Richland.

Monday night, Samantha's family said the charges don't make the situation any easier, it just reminds them of how hard it is without her.

"She was going to make a difference she was going to serve people she was going to a poor country (and teach) she graduated with honors she was going to make that difference," said her mother Linda Fastabend.  

On Monday, David Pleake will be in court for the first time to answer to the charges.

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