Donna died and her husband, Dave, was seriously hurt.
"She was a wonderful person, and she didn't need to die," Donna's twin sister,
Five months after the April crash, Espel said the man charged in connection to the wreck is free on bond and there has been no progress in the case. Dave faces more than
"It's not fair," Espel said. "He did nothing wrong."
Donna was a 54-year-old nurse at
If she wasn't on the motorcycle, Donna might be found at the Marshwalk in
The two sisters were fraternal twins and best friends, Espel said.
The fatal crash happened
Witnesses said a Mercury failed to yield the right-of-way and hit the motorcycle, according to a police report. Witnesses also said a man, later identified as Atwater, was driving during the crash, but switched seats with a woman in the car.
The woman told police Atwater was the driver, according to the report. There was also a 12-year-old passenger in Atwater's car.
When officers spoke to Atwater, they said they could smell alcohol on him, and he contentiously dropped his head as if he was falling asleep.
Espel found out about the wreck and drove seven hours to the
Dave was in the hospital for weeks and initially was told he would be in a wheelchair for a year. He defied doctor's predictions and has already returned to walking and riding his motorcycle.
Espel expressed frustration with the lack of movement on the case and described it as unfair the suspect walks free. She added they are worried Atwater will hurt another family. Atwater is currently free on nearly
"He could kill somebody else," Espel said.
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