News 12 at 11 / Thursday, September 12, 2013
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- The road marks are gone, but the memory remains.
"I remember seeing my mom, and at the very moment I saw her, I was fairly certain she had not, and she wasn't going to [make it]," daughter Bethany Mock said.
A life lost right before her eyes.
Last July, the Mock family was heading home, driving down Reynold's Pond Road in Aiken when a car ran the stop sign at the Pipeline Road intersection. Bethany and her brother were driving in their own car behind their parents along the road, and they saw the whole thing unfold right in front of their eyes.
The collision killed her 43-year-old mother Stacia Mock and critically injured her dad Chris.
"I remember calling 9-1-1 and answering all their questions and trying to keep my brother away from my parents' car," Bethany recalled. "Never would I ever have imagined being 21 and losing my mom, much less, seeing it happen."
It's a haunting image in a spot on a road Bethany drives almost every day.
"It is, and especially at night it seems to be harder for me because you're going down that road, it's at night, and it's kind of like it replays sometimes," she admitted.
But, the street where it happened was nothing compared to the long road they had ahead. Her father spent three long months in the hospital fighting for his life.
"He's had to learn how to do a lot of things over that are everyday things for us like eating, drinking. He's had to learn how to walk on his own again," she said.
Now, more than a year later, she's finally getting some peace. This week, the driver at fault, William Currie, plead guilty to reckless homicide. For Bethany, it serves as a kind of closure, saying God steers her to focus on the life saved that night.
"It's hard because we have a younger brother, and he needs that mother figure, but the Lord knew he needed his daddy, too," she said.
Currie was sentenced to a suspended seven years in prison and five years probation with credit for time served for the crash.
As for Bethany's family, they're continuing to recover both physically and emotionally.
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