Family has waited four years for justice in DUI death
Nearly four years after losing a loved one in a horrible car accident, a local family will come face to face with the impaired driver at fault.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Rosalynn Gilson, 62, was killed instantly when her car was hit head-on by a truck near the intersection of Desert Inn and Lindell Roads. The accident happened on Nov. 9, 2008.
The driver of the truck, Patricia Solis, was arrested for felony DUI. A toxicology test later proved that she was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.
But, Solis posted bail and disappeared. It took more than a year for authorities to find her, and bring her back to jail.
Now, nearly four years after the accident and after agreeing to a plea deal, Solis is set to be sentenced Monday. She faces five to 20 years in prison.
Rosalynn's family plans to share impact statements at the sentencing hearing. They know it can't bring Rosalynn back, but they hope it brings them some sense of closure. They say they've been waiting too long for justice to be served.
"She took away one of the most important people in our lives, the glue that held our family together," says Rosalynn's sister, Gladys Lindsay. "Rosalynn was just a lovely person. She always had a smile on her face, and was willing to help anybody at anytime. For her life to be cut short like that, was devastating for all of us."
Rosalynn is described as wonderful mother and grandmother and a selfless friend. She was also a well-respected social worker, who counseled drug addicts for years.
"I hope Patricia Solis knows that the person she killed would have been the same person that would have reached out to help her," says Rosalynn's niece, Lauren Lindsay.