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Parents of fatal crash victims submit petition for charges

Posted at 5:45 AM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 08:49:03-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Julie Festerling and Deborah Garcia lost their daughter and son respectively last November.

Caitlin Festerling and Paul Garcia were killed in a car accident in Oro Valley, police determined they were struck by a driver and pushed into an oncoming work truck.

KGUN9 learned that a police investigation revealed the driver who struck them was texting shortly before it happened.

"If a law is broken that there should be consequences," Julie Festerling said.

Julie and Deborah and their families expected someone to answer for the deaths of their loved ones.

"In this case, it appears that laws were made but they were not enforced," Festerling said.

Months passed when they came up with a plan to organize.

The families combined efforts to start a 'Change.org' petition.

"One of the things that we would like to do personally, Julie and I, is to get stronger fines and penalties enacted for distracted driving," Garcia said.

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Julie said the petition took off from the start.

"The first day we were hoping to get about 200 signatures and we thought that would be a good start."

The mothers say through a social media campaign they were able to collect over 6-thousand signatures, demanding justice for their children and change in the prosecution of distracted driving cases.

"That's how we ended up getting about 6,600 signatures. So I would say about a month or so."

Festerling said that petition was submitted last week.

After that happened, KGUN9 reached out to the Pima County Attorney's Office which says it will review evidence to determine whether charges can be filed in this case.

"There's this many people that are this upset about this, maybe you should take it more serious, maybe you should take a stand," Garcia said.

The mothers hope to continue their campaign of change by starting a non-profit called: Phones down, Eyes up, Just drive.