Ed and Denise Hill lost their daughter, Amanda, last year in a head-on collision caused by an impaired driver. That driver is in jail, but the Hills believe more should be done to bring awareness to …
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Ed and Denise Hill lost their daughter, Amanda, last year in a head-on collision caused by an impaired driver. That driver is in jail, but the Hills believe more should be done to bring awareness to safe driving and to convict those responsible.
A blue sign has been placed on the southbound side of Crowfoot Valley Road near Sapphire Pointe, the site where Amanda Hill, of Littleton, was killed June 5, 2018.
The sign reads “Please Drive Safely in memory of Amanda Hill.”
“We miss her every day,” Denise Hill said. “This sign, we hope, is a reminder to people of the beautiful life that was lost, and please drive safe. Please don't drive impaired. It was an impaired driver on a beautiful day that caused this crash.”
The Hills released doves during the ceremony in Amanda's memory. Amanda, 24, was a vet tech who graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute. She attended Legend and Castle View high schools.
“The vet tech and animal world lost a true spokesperson,” Ed Hill said.
On June 5, Francisco Avila Sanchez, of Castle Rock, drove northbound into oncoming traffic on Crowfoot Valley Road between Castle Rock and Parker. Sanchez, later proven to be high on marijuana at the time, caused a five-car crash that killed Amanda Hill. Amanda was driving to a doctor's appointment from her parents' house in Parker.
Sanchez was convicted in May of vehicular homicide and driving while impaired, and was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Ed and Denise were joined by their nephew, Eric, who lives in Parker. Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler and Deputy DA Dan Warhola spoke about the need for laws that can convict someone under an “impaired” designation of vehicular homicide.
“I wish there was more we could have done to get justice for Amanda,” Warhola said. “Impaired driving is senseless.”
Ed Hill agreed.
“There's got to be a deterrent, or it's going to continue,” Ed Hill said. “It's not necessary. So, please, do not get behind the wheel impaired. It's not needed.”
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