Dearest Josh

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I wrote this pome for my friend who was killed by a drunk driver.


***DUI offender faces charges in crash

Driver accused of killing cyclist and then fleeing

By Pat Reavy
Deseret News staff writer
Published: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001 11:35 a.m. MDT

MURRAY — A man accused of hitting and killing a motorcyclist here Sunday night while allegedly driving drunk is a repeat drunken driving offender.
Alfred Tuckey, 51, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of automobile homicide, DUI and hit and run.
Tuckey is accused of hitting and killing Joshua Warren, 18, about 11:30 p.m. Sunday near 4800 South and 300 West while driving his pickup and then fleeing the scene of the accident.
Warren was stopped at the intersection when Tuckey's truck smashed into him from behind, said Murray detective Rob Hall. Warren was wearing a helmet but was pronounced dead at the scene.
Motorists who came upon the accident scene shortly after followed Tuckey and called police, Hall said.
Tuckey plead guilty to driving under the influence on Jan. 11, 1991, and again on June 26, 1995.
In 1995, Tuckey received a suspended 120-day jail sentence, 20 days home confinement, was ordered to complete a rehabilitation program and paid $800 in fines, according to court records.
In 1991, Tuckey received a suspended 180-day jail sentence and was ordered to complete 48 hours of community service and pay $860 in fines, according to court records.
Hall said it's another sad reminder of the tragic consequences of drinking and driving.
People forget that an accident like this not only takes the life of the victim but also has widespread effects on family members and friends.
"There are so many resources today to help people with drinking problems. It's a shame these kinds of things still have to happen," he said.



***Driver may have cut off motorcyclist

Published: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001 12:00 a.m. MDT

MURRAY — Detectives investigating a fatal drunken driving accident from a repeat DUI offender have new information on how the accident occurred.
Joshua Warren, 18, was killed Sunday night after being hit by a truck while riding a motorcycle at the intersection of 4800 South and 300 West.
Originally, investigators believed Warren had stopped at a light and was hit from behind by a truck driven by Alfred Tuckey, 51. Now, police believe Tuckey failed to yield to Warren and made a left turn in front of him, said Murray detective Rob Hall.
Warren tried to avoid the truck by "laying the bike down," Hall said. He ended up sliding under the truck and was run over and killed, he said.
Tuckey continued on to his parents' house nearby where he was arrested by police. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of automobile homicide, DUI and hit and run.
Tuckey also received drunken driving convictions in 1991 and 1995.



***Taylorsville man charged in motorcyclist death

Published: Monday, Oct. 1, 2001 9:25 a.m. MDT

A Taylorsville man has been charged in 3rd District Court with criminal homicide, a third-degree felony, after a Sept. 16 auto-motorcycle accident left the cyclist dead.
Joshua Daniel Warren was killed at the intersection of 4800 South and 400 West, charges state. Witnesses told authorities they saw a driver of a white pickup leave the scene and drive to a nearby alley.
Murray police found Alfred Tuckey, 51, near the truck in the alley, and arrested him, charges state.
Tuckey waived his Miranda rights, charges state, and allegedly told authorities he drank about nine beers that night. A test showed his blood-alcohol content was 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Tuckey also received drunken driving convictions in 1991 and 1995.




***Taylorsville man pleads guilty to auto homicide

Courtroom was packed during the brief hearing

By Angie Welling
Deseret News staff writer
Published: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002 10:00 a.m. MDT

In a brief but emotional hearing Wednesday morning, a Taylorsville man admitted to driving drunk last year and killing an 18-year-old motorcyclist.
Alfred Tuckey pleaded guilty as charged to one count of automobile homicide, a third-degree felony.
The hearing lasted just 10 minutes, but enough people turned out to see the outcome to nearly fill 3rd District Judge Randall Skanchy's courtroom.
Joshua Daniel Warren's family — three aunts, an uncle, his mother and five brothers — filled the benches on one side of the courtroom, while four Murray police officers who worked on the case sat across the aisle.
Officer Mike Fernandez had the task of first responding to the accident scene and then notifying family members.
The duty was especially difficult, Fernandez said, because he knew Warren from his part-time security work at the Utah Fun Dome, where Warren had worked for two years.
Family members accompanied 52-year-old Tuckey, who is free on bail, to Wednesday's hearing.
Outside the courtroom, Warren's mother said she is grateful Tuckey chose to plead guilty rather than go forward with a three-day jury trial that was scheduled to begin Wednesday.
While the move would have been welcomed earlier in the court process, she said it helps bring closure to her family.
"I just don't want him to hurt someone else's family," Susanna Marriott said, "because next time it could be an entire family."
Marriott finds solace in the fact that Tuckey, with two prior DUIs before the Sept. 16, 2001, accident, will be off the roads for quite some time.
He faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 21.
Also, she said proudly, Warren's donated organs helped 42 people in medical need.
Warren was killed in the intersection of 4800 South and 400 West. According to court documents, Tuckey turned left in front of Warren, striking and instantly killing him. Tuckey fled the scene, but a motorist followed him into a nearby alley and directed police to him.
Tuckey waived his Miranda rights and admitted to drinking about nine beers that night. His blood-alcohol content was 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, court documents state.
Warren's earnings from the Fun Dome provided economic support to his family. He was also a source of emotional support for his younger brothers, ages 10 to 13, and for his 25-year-old brother. Warren's one sister is deceased.
"He was the rock in the family," Marriott said, brushing away tears.
Tuckey previously pleaded guilty to two counts of driving under the influence, once in January 1991 and again in June 1995. He received suspended jail sentences in each case. The 1991 incident brought 48 hours of community service and $860 in fines. In the 1995 case, Tuckey was ordered to serve 20 days home confinement, complete a rehabilitation program and pay $800 in fines.


***DUI homicide results in prison term

By Angie Welling
Deseret News staff writer
Published: Monday, Oct. 21, 2002 4:45 p.m. MDT

After his father's death, Joshua Daniel Warren handily filled the role as the head of the household.
He dropped out of high school at 16, his sophomore year, so he could work full-time and help support his large family.
He helped his four younger brothers — now 10, 11, 12 and 13 years old — with their homework at night when the boys' mother, also a high school dropout, couldn't.
"He was my right hand," Warren's mother, Susanna Marriott, said. "He was my rock."
But since Warren's death last year at the hands of a repeat drunken driver, there has been no one to fill that role.
"There is no way to compensate what this man has taken from us," Marriott said. "He has absolutely destroyed our family."
The man responsible for Warren's death, Alfred Tuckey, 52, was ordered Monday to serve up to five years in the Utah State Prison. He pleaded guilty in August to one count of automobile homicide, a third-degree felony.
With his own family looking on, Tuckey apologized for the Sept. 16, 2001, accident in which he made an illegal left turn in front of Warren's motorcycle at the intersection of 4800 South and 400 West. Warren, 18, was killed instantly.
"I can't think of anything more devastating than losing a son or a brother, and I'd just like to say to Joshua's family that I'm sorry for their loss and their pain. And I'm sorry for my involvement in it," Tuckey said.
Defense attorney Scott Sanders urged 3rd District Judge Randall Skanchy to recognize Tuckey's behavior since the accident and sentence him to one year in the county jail.
"He has shown to every person that he is willing to do whatever they want him to do," Sanders said, noting that Tuckey has not driven or had a drink since the accident. He has also appeared at every court appearance and pleaded guilty as charged without the benefit of a plea agreement, he said.
Sanders argued Tuckey is not a danger to the community. His only criminal involvement to date has been alcohol-related, he said.
Deputy District Attorney Kenneth Updegrove said Tuckey's sentence must reflect the fact that his actions caused the death of another person. Tuckey admitted to drinking at least nine beers before getting behind the wheel of his truck that night, he said.
"I think society demands that he receives a severe punishment," Updegrove said. "We all know that Mr. Tuckey will be on the street again someday."
Tuckey previously pleaded guilty to two counts of driving under the influence, once in January 1991 and again June 1995. He received suspended jail sentences in each case.
In rejecting the request to keep Tuckey out of prison, Skanchy noted that, by most accounts, Tuckey is a "kind and good man."
"I'm sorry, Mr. Tuckey, to impose this sentence. I don't like to do it, I don't want to do it," Skanchy said. "I think justice compels this result today."

Submitted: December 07, 2010

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Like a line from a movie script I heard,
"Didn't you hear? Josh is dead . . ."
I tried to erase those words,
But they wouldn't escape my head.

I couldn't move a muscle;
It was as if I was frozen in time.
My mind went blank; I tried to focus,
But my voice I could not find.

My hand started to shake
As I tried to hold the phone to my ear.
My heart was pounding through my chest,
And my eyes welled up with tears.

The phone fell to the ground,
And I fell to my knees.
I knelt there for eternity
As a single breath I tried to seize.

It's been two months and yet,
I still feel my life is at a loss.
Ever since that dark night
I lost you, my dearest Josh
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