Father of hit-and-run victim not deterred by death of bill

Father of hit-and-run victim not deterred by death of bill

Credit: KING

Heather Trickler

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 5 at 6:28 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Rob Trickler fought back tears as he told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee what happened to his daughter.

"She was hit at approximately 65 miles per hour," said Trickler.

Heather Trickler was 15-years-old when she was killed walking along Highway 2 in Snohomish County last May. Witnesses said the driver stopped to look at the damage to his car and drove off.

Rob Trickler wanted lawmakers to pass a bill that would have increased the penalty for hit-and-run drivers involving pedestrians or bicyclists. The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee said the issue needed more study. Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, said it will not be passed this session.

Trickler said he will return next year to support the bill again.

"I would like to leave my daughter a legacy," said Trickler, "That somehow this prevented this from happening to someone else."

Silvia Paz, who's 25-year-old son Christopher was nearly killed by a hit-and-run driver last month in Parkland, is not sure if the law would make a difference.

"Maybe it will help," said Paz, "But there are a lot of cowards that don't care."

The Trickler and Paz cases remain unsolved.

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