Closure near for Walker for family’s DUI deaths


Titans tight end Delanie Walker has become a crusader for tougher DUI laws this offseason, after his aunt and uncle were killed in a car accident involving an accused drunk driver.

And he may soon be able to get some closure on that process, as prosecutors in the case expect a plea deal before it goes to trial, according to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports.

Nechole Thomas is scheduled to appear Aug. 21 in St. Charles Parish District Court (near New Orleans). She was arrested on four charges — two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of driving while intoxicated and one count of reckless operation of a motor vehicle — following the wreck that killed Walker’s aunt and uncle, Alice and Bryan Young.

Walker said he and other family members planned to be on hand when the case was resolved.

The Youngs had just watched Walker play in the Super Bowl for the 49ers, and were killed when Thomas’ car hit their car which was stopped on the side of Interstate 10 and caught on fire.

“If we haven’t worked out a plea, then we’ll move forward in the setting of a trial before the end of the year,” St. Charles Parish District assistant district attorney Bill Starr said. “But I don’t think this is going to trial.”

The two vehicular homicide charges carry minimum sentences of five years in jail, and because that charge is considered a “crime of violence,” at least 85 percent of the sentence has to be served.

8 responses to “Closure near for Walker for family’s DUI deaths

  1. Possibly only five years for purposely driving intoxicated and killing two people…..I love America but the system needs some work.

  2. acromartieismydad says:
    Aug 9, 2013 4:43 PM
    Possibly only five years for purposely driving intoxicated and killing two people…..I love America but the system needs some work.
    Don’t forget, though… The justice system isn’t meant to “punish” someone, it is meant to reform them.

    Driving while intoxicated was an intentional act, though she was intoxicated and therefore her intentions were skewed, but the act of hitting someone’s car and subsequently killing them was an accident.

    It’s sad when someone makes a bonehead decision that results in an innocent person’s death, but to me, the time fits the crime based on motive.

  3. I agree that our justice system
    is flawed. Google the name Vincent Chin, and you will see what I mean.

  4. Why do you have to call him a “crusader.” You do realize the Crusades were wars of aggression, unprovoked and illegitimate. Look it up. And you use such an appellation to show your glowing opinion of his actions.

    This is worse than “Redskins.”

  5. nedhigginssports | Aug 9, 2013, 5:04 PM CDT
    And Stallworth gets 30 days. Amazing how the criminal justice system works for those who have a lot of money.

    Yeah, but….not really apples-apples since one of the problems with the Stallworth case for the prosecution was how big a factor the pedestrian being in the middle of a busy street outside of a marked crossing was in the accident. Had something to do with their willingness to plead it out.

    Having money didn’t help Dwayne Goodrich avoid a significant prison sentence when he killed two people on an interstate (without the DUI component) and unclear still what an expensive lawyer can do for Josh Brent.

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