Onaway Family Thankful After Suspected Drunk Driver Takes Plea
"He’s being held accountable because it’s an issue and nobody else needs to deal with the same thing," Sarah Byrley-Moore said.
Thursday Stephen Haight took responsibility for driving drunk in a crash that hurt a mother and son.
Haight pleaded no contest to drunk driving and not stopping after the November crash.
Haight’s truck smashed into Sarah Byrley-Moore’s SUV on Old 27 near Charles Brink Rd. in Otsego County.
Byrley-Moore’s SUV flipped several times before stopping.
She and her 10-year-old son were taken to the hospital.
An Otsego County deputy caught Haight about a mile down the road.
9 & 10’s Blayke Roznowski and photojournalist Noah Jurik were in court for the plea, speaking with the victim about her reaction.
It’s been about a month and a half since deputies say Stephen Haight hit Sarah Byrley-Moore and her son from behind in his truck.
While they’re still trying to recover, they’re thankful Haight took a plea Thursday.
"I’m glad that it was taken seriously enough that he is willing to take responsibility and he’s willing to recognize that he messed up," Byrley-Moore said.
Sarah Byrley-Moore says it was hard to sit in court and hear Stephen Haight say he didn’t remember the crash.
"I remember my kid screaming. I remember him crying," Byrley-Moore said. "I don’t know how anyone could have went through that and not remembered what happened."
Even more troubling is that Haight was arrested earlier this month for another drunk driving crash in Crawford County while out on bond.
Troopers found Haight unconscious after someone saw his truck in a ditch.
He’s now facing charges there too.
"It’s not safe to put him back out obviously because they’re going to do it over and over and over again," Byrley-Moore said. "I’m just glad that nobody else got hurt."
Now, Sarah says she and her son, Micah, are just trying to recover from the traumatic experience.
"He’s still scared to go in the car. He’s still scared to go on long trips," Byrley-Moore said. "The last person that was behind me that got too close made that day the worst day of my life and it’s a struggle."
Haight’s case in Crawford County is still pending.
He will be sentenced in Otsego County in January.