KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One family from the metro is grieving after a Memorial Day weekend drunk driving crash claimed one of their own.
Michael Sear had gone to Kansas City International Airport early on Saturday morning to pick up his wife after a West Coast flight when an alleged drunk driver ran into them from behind, killing the 58-year-old man from Kansas City, Kansas.
Dana Sear told FOX 4’s Sean McDowell that she's lost her best friend, and husband of nearly 16 years. Family says they’ll miss the grandfather they knew as “Poppy,” his wife saying they were due to celebrate their wedding anniversary in mid-June.
Dana said it was still dark outside, and they never knew the calamity that was approaching them from behind.
“We didn't see headlights or anything. All of a sudden there was a noise, and we were spinning,” she said. “It felt like we were moving. Not just moving, it felt like we were going to tip over, but it didn't. It didn't feel like we were on the ground.”
Police say their two-door hatchback had been hit by a car driven by 24-year-old Nicholas Sanders. Sanders’ blood-alcohol content registered point a .313 according to investigators, well above the legal limit of .08. He told police he'd been to a local bar where he had drank three beers and three shots of whiskey.
“I didn't know what was going on. I just kept calling him. He wouldn't wake up, I kept talking to him,” said Dana.
Michael was a jack-of-all-trades and an author -- having published a series of novels. His step-daughter, Sarah Walker, recalled her mother's call from the scene of the accident.
“She was a little frantic. A little hysterical. She didn't really know what was going on. I could hear the responders in the background and things like that,” Walker said.
Dana says she forgives Sanders for the accident he’s accused of causing.
“Forgiveness isn't for the person who gets it. It's for the person who gives it. I doubt he set out that day to do that. Things happen, I don't know why sometimes,” she said.
“I think we need to be conscious of the choices we make every minute affect those around us. One way or the other, consequences can be good or bad.”
The Platte County Prosecutor's Office says Sanders is still in jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond -- facing a charge of involuntary manslaughter. If convicted -- he'll face up to 15 years in prison. He's expected in a courtroom on June 7.