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Mother who lost son works to create drowsy driving law in Alabama

ANDALUSIA, AL (WSFA) -

It's been a horrifying 7 years for Shelia Faulker of Andalusia, the pain of losing of her 28-year old son Wendall Williams never stops.

"I wished I could have been here for him," said Faulkner.

Wendall Williams was the passenger in a car driven by a friend, a friend who apparently fell asleep at the wheel coming down Highway 84.

"I still find it hard to believe he's gone," said Faulkner.

The vehicle struck the curb, slid along the grass, collided with the railroad crossing sign and crashed upside down on the other side in the ditch. Williams died on the scene. The driver survived and was not charged with any crime or traffic violation.

During this time Mrs. Faulkner has tried to find justice through the courts but never got anywhere.

"Nobody would listen," said Faulkner.

Today, Shelia Faulkner may be on the verge of changing that. Faulkner is working with the Senator Arthur Orr of Decatur, Alabama, to craft a 'Drowsy Driving' law, a law that would prosecute a sleepy driver who causes a fatal accident. The proposal could be introduced in the next legislative session in Alabama. 

Arkansas is among a handful of states that already have drowsy laws. In that state a fatigued driver who causes a fatal accident face a fine up to $25,000 and a year in jail.

Faulkner says the driver in her son's crash had been up for about 22 hours. It's still not clear today why the driver never got any sleep. Police records show the man did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system.

Parts of the driver's car can still be found on the scene on Highway 84 seven years later, another reminder Shelia Faulkner has yet to find closure.

But maybe not for long.

"I miss him," she said.

Although her son is gone Shelia Faulkner believes a Drowsy Driving law in Alabama would go a long way in healing a broken heart.

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