Victim's Family Reacts to Eluding BillPosted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash. -- After a two-year battle the much talked about eluding bill finally passed the senate tonight with a 48-1 vote. This is the second time the bill went before the senate. It failed last year, but after a strong effort from family members and Representative Charles Ross the bill passed and the victim's family is overwhelmed with emotions tonight.
The victims sister, Ruby Aguilar says, "I'm still in shock right now."
Aguilar's mother, Ana Lucas-Garcia said, "When she called me at 5 to say it passed I was just devastated I was just crying... happy tears... I didn't know what to do."
It was Representative Ross' secretary who called with the good news tonight.. Rep. Ross sponsored the bill and has been leading the fight to get the bill passed. We spoke to him by phone shortly after the bill passed.
"I think we've come an awful long way and I am very proud of the folks who've been helping us," said Ross.
Rep. Ross rallied behind this bill after Bobby Aguilar and Edgar Trevino-Mendoza were killed in 2006 when a car fleeing from police crashed into them at 48th and Nob Hill Boulevard. For Aguilar's family memories of bobby still fill their home.
"I think he's here now and he's happy and he's seeing me happy and he knows he's in my heart and he knows what this means to us and I think he would be happy... I know he's happy that it passed," said Garcia.
The Aguilars say it was tough working to get this bill passed, but they are they are helping prevent other families from going through what they went through.
Garcia says, "It makes me feel happy that their not going to have that pain and grieve and pain that I go through everyday and every moment of my life."
There was one minor amendment to the bill. It must be proven that an innocent person's life was put in danger due to eluding police and that does not include law enforcement officers.
When the bill is signed into law all first-time offenders will serve at least one year in prison.