By: Lauren Fabrizi
December will mark two years since two-year-old Aidan Curry of Bellevue lost his life to a car crash. The man who prosecutors say is responsible for his death is preparing to go to trial.
On Dec. 3, 2011, the Curry Family was heading home to Bellevue on I-80 when a semi rear–ended their car, and killed their two–year–old son, Aidan.
"We miss him a lot, and we're coming up on the two–year anniversary," grandmother Barb Brock said. "It's just, we miss him a lot. He was the light of our life."
Nebraska State Patrol determined the driver, 53–year–old Leamond Pierce was going 69 mph, too fast for the snowy conditions. This past May, the Delaware man was charged with misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide.
Now, Aidan's family eagerly awaits the trial set to begin at the end of this year.
"We'll just get up our strength, and just be there for Aidan," Brock said.
Prior to the crash, Pierce had served 13 years of a life sentence for murder. Records show he violated parole repeatedly, and was returned to custody three times. But he was back out on parole again at the time of Aidan's death.
Brock said her family is frustrated with the legal system.
"Our accident should have never happened," Brock said. "In February, he would be five years old. He would start school next year, and we're not allowed that."
Nothing will take away the pain from losing Aidan, but Brock hopes a conviction can bring some justice.
"I don't think it will help," Brock said. "But we'll have a little bit of peace and justice for Aidan."
If convicted, Pierce faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.