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Meeks family still grieving one year later

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By: Brittany Paris

bparis@klkntv.com

A full year has passed since that fatal crash that claimed the life of mother and grandmother, 47-year-old Joyce Meeks.

“I’m just really starting to come to grips with everything, you know, right now,” Martell Buchanan, Meeks’ son, said on Wednesday.

He says with time, the death of his mom is becoming easier to handle and his life is getting back to as normal as it can be.

"Soon after the tragedy, we jumped head first into the lawsuit so there wasn't really a grieving period," Buchanan said.

You might remember. Meeks was on her way home from work June 25 last year when a van driving close to 90 mph crossed over the center line and hit her car almost head on.

Meeks died at the scene. Jeremy Dobbe, 36, an inmate, was behind the wheel.

The Meeks settled a lawsuit with the state for $2 million. And the inmate driving program was canceled.

Dobbe was convicted of manslaughter last week and sentenced 18 to 20 years in prison.

Buchanan says that brings come closure.

"But as far as my mom not being here, and the fact that I miss her all the time and the face that the grand kids do, I don't think the closure, it'll ever come," he said.

Buchanan says his mom worked hard and tried to make a better life for her kids. She had a big heart, did a lot of good things for people and could always put a smile on anyone’s face.

"People say, you know, God, he takes the good people and I'm definitely a believer now," Buchanan said.

The family says they’re happy this is over, but they still struggle with this tragedy every day. They say it’s going to take a long time for this wound to heal.

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