AIEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Formal criminal charges have been filed against a woman accused of causing a fatal crash on Oahu's North Shore last year.
The victim was expecting a child at the time of his death. His family learned about the new development in the case Thursday.
"This is Unique Murry, Jr.," Vickie Murry, crash victim's mother, said while showing us a photo.
From premature baby to happy three-month-old, Unique Murry, Jr. is already doing a lot to lift his family's spirits.
"It's been a long time coming, but we can actually see above water now," Vickie Murry said. "Is the pain still there? Yes."
Junior will never know his father.
He was born six months after Unique Murry, 21, was killed in a suspected DUI crash in Pupukea. The car he was a passenger in veered off the road, struck a rock wall, a parked vehicle and two fences, flipped, went airborne, and slammed into a carport.
The Murrys' church is helping to pick up the pieces.
"I mean, just told us to our face we're going help you get through this," Vickie Murry said. "They're doing just that."
Now comes word that criminal proceedings against the driver are underway. An Oahu grand jury has indicted Brittany Poole, 23, on charges of first-degree negligent homicide and driving without a license.
"The least I can do is pray for her, you know, and wish her best of luck," Adonte Murry, crash victim's brother, said. "But she has to go through the consequences for doing it."
"She's now facing her demons now," Vickie Murry said. "My son is in Heaven, but she's got another road to go."
Family members say Unique was excited to become a father.
Junior often smiles when he's sleeping. They believe he's dreaming about his daddy.
"The thought never crossed my mind that, to be sad that he won't see his child or watch his child grow up because I think he do see him," Vickie Murry said.
The defendant's Circuit Court arraignment date has not yet been set.