Posted By: Jenn Schanz
The Curry family was headed home from Lincoln to Omaha after a family portrait on Dec. 3, 2011 when a collision with a semi claimed the life of 2–year–old Aidan Curry.
His parents, Jennifer Brock and Jeff Curry, and his little sister Ansley, survived.
"We still wake up daily thinking this can't be true," says Brock.
According to reports, Dec. 3rd was a snowy day, with difficult driving conditions. The Camry being driven by the Curry family was struck from behind by a semi while trying to merge onto the Waverly exit
The driver of that semi was Leamond Pierce.
Officials say Pierce broke his parole from a 1981 murder conviction in Delaware by leaving the state.
After being charged in May of 2012, authorities searched for him for three months before finding him in southern Illinois and bringing him into custody.
"It's been extraordinarily difficult, we've been through a lot in the last two plus years," says Brock.
For the Curry family, the trial brings a sense of a relief after an overwhelming tragedy.
"At this point we're at the criminal trial, we're happy that we're moving forward."
Tuesday marked the first day of the trial, with opening remarks from both sides. The state says Pierce's speed puts him at fault. But Pierce has a different story.
In his statement taken at the scene of the crash, and read aloud in court, he said "The vehicle I collided with was in the center of the lane, making it impossible for me to pass."
On the first day of trial, the jury heard from a state trooper who responded to the crash, and viewed his dash cam footage.
The charge against Pierce is Misdemeanor Vehicular Homicide. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail.
The judge expects the trial to last 5–7 days.