Ardmore family remembers loved one that died from a drunk driving accident

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - It was 8 years ago at the intersection of Northwest Blvd. and North Commerce St. across from Wal-Mart, when 21-year-old Benjamen Love's truck was hit by a drunk driver.

"I called the hospital and I asked them 'Hey, do y'all have a Ben Love?' and they're like yes we do, we need family here immediately," Love's sister Jessica Solis said. "The back of my mind, (I) was sitting there telling me it wasn't him don't think like that."

It was May 29, 2010 when Love was turning into Wal-Mart to get a video game when a truck speeding south on North Commerce Street ran a red light and T-boned Love's truck, causing him to crash into a pole.

Solis says Love spent the next five weeks in intensive care at the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

He passed away on the fourth of July.

"I would go up there talk to him, sat with him, let him touch my belly because I was pregnant and just do everything that we would do, normally do," Solis said. "He had to actually spend his birthday in there."

The driver of the pick up that killed Love and critically injured a 16-year-old passenger was then 26-year-old Scott Wigington.

Wigington pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter and a DUI causing great bodily injury.

He was sentenced to 15 years for manslaughter and 18 months for injuring the passenger.

"That's bad when you got to go tell a family that you know their loved one has been killed due to somebody drinking and driving," Trooper Chasen Bennett said. "It's totally avoidable, if you're going to drink have someone drive you."

And 8 years later the family remembers Love by sharing his story in the hopes of preventing other people from drinking and driving.

Wigington is up for parole in 2023.



 
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