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A Wallkill man is sentenced to five to fifteen years in state prison for his role in crash that claimed the life of a teenage girl. Our Meredith Zaritheny caught up with the Tadry family after their emotional day in court.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- "The whole in my heart is never going to go away, she's always there," said Angela Ceriello Tadry, Alana Tadry’s mother.
Family and friends stood strong in Orange County Court for the sentencing of 21-year-old Edward Lier.
"It's very devastating and it's hard on everybody all around," said Michael Tadry, Alana’s father.
Back In November 2012, Lier was driving on Route 32 in the Town of Newburgh when police say he crashed into a car head on while trying to pass several other vehicles.
Sitting in the backseat, 15-year-old Alana Tadry of Plattekill died after she was thrown from the vehicle. Four others were injured.
"It's sad this person has to go to prison, it's sad my daughter was killed the way she was, it's sad the way other people were hurt," Angela said.
During their victim impact statements, Alana's mother and father remembered their daughter as an intelligent, caring person-- who was passionate about art.
"She smiled she was funny, she had a good spirit and she made an impact on people’s lives," Michael said.
Lier apologized for all the pain he's caused saying what happened that night was completely avoidable.
"And at least Edward Lier he had some remorse and apologized, and I recommended to the court he gets the help he needs to move on with his life," Michael said.
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler emphasized the impact one decision can have on so many lives.
"The citizens and residents of orange county really need to understand-- driving under the influence of prescription drugs and marijuana or the combination puts us all at risk and that happens ,” Hoovler said.
For Alana’s family, Lier’s sentencing brings some closure but know ultimately it won't bring their daughter back.
"I think I can rest now a little bit it's just closure you know it’s a little sad the whole situation, but it's been a long year and two months, it been very very long and very hard," Angela said.
Judge Freehill also revoked Lier's license and as part of his sentence, and once he is released from jail, he is required to use an ignition interlock device in his car for three years.