by Emily Luxen
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Family and friends of a couple killed in a fiery crash on their way to the Bonnaroo Music Festival last year hope they are one step closer to getting some closure.
The driver of the tractor trailer that hit and killed Deja Morris, 25, and Brandon Wilson, 28, is scheduled to appear in court in Rutherford County on Friday.
Stacey Colvin, 40, will appear in traffic court at 8 a.m. Morris' family members traveled from Indiana to be at the courthouse early to hand out fliers asking for support and justice.
"I want to see him get the maximum penalty," said Sue Morris, Deja's mother. " I want to see him have his license revoked, and pay a $550 fine."
Morris and others collected signatures on petitions in hopes of convincing Rutherford County District Attorney General Bill Whitesell to bring criminal charges against Colvin. However, the Rutherford County Grand Jury determined at the end of 2013 there was not enough evidence.
Morris and Wilson died on June 13, 2013, when Colvin's tractor-trailer plowed into the back of their car during a traffic jam along Interstate 24 near Murfreesboro. The Tennessee Highway Patrol cited Colvin with failure to exercise due care.
Investigators said Colvin, who worked for H&O Transport out of Campbellsville, Kentucky, had a previous misdemeanor citation out of Alabama on his driving history.
Morris said Colvin's actions claimed the lives of a generous and loving young couple.
"It's very emotional, and very traumatizing, and it has not gotten better, it has gotten worse," said Morris. "It's something that will impact us and hurt us for the rest of our lives."
Morris said each trip she takes to Tennessee is painful, and she is hopeful this one brings the justice she has been waiting for.
"If we have to come here again, we will be here," said Morris. "I will do whatever it takes to make sure the maximum penalty is imposed on him."
The families have also filed a civil lawsuit against Colvin and the trucking company he worked for at the time of the fatal crash.