Family forgives alleged drunk driver who killed their son

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TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Robert Harsh was hungry and was planning on buying a hamburger.

He left his parents home on El Camino Street and walked to the nearest McDonald’s.  
Unified Police said the 19-year-old had the green light as he attempted to cross Redwood Road at 4200 South.  He never made it across.

Meanwhile, his parents, Lemuel and Gina Harsh woke up Thanksgiving morning planning on waking Robert up for the Macy’s Day parade.

“We went to his room at nine o’clock and he wasn’t there,” said his mother Gina Harsh.

Gina Harsh thought he made have left early to meet with some friends.  But as the morning went on, they still hadn’t heard from Robert.  She had her husband call 911.  Police soon came to their home.  And eventually a chaplain joined them at the front door.

“He said we think it’s your son,” said Lemuel Harsh. . so i had a moment to try and deal with it.”

Unified Police claimed Roxanna Molina was driving drunk and hit their son.
She fled but was arrested.

“The first thought that came to me was that we need her to know there are no bad feelings,” said Lemuel Harsh.

Gina Harsh said they are saddened by his death and that he had so much life in front of him. But she said her son would not want to cast blame on the driver.

“He wouldn’t want that either,” said Gina Harsh.

Police said after the accident Molina kept on driving but was arrested a short distance away as she tried ditching the vehicle.  Police said she attempted to get into yet another vehicle before she was arrested.

“She made a decision that was wrong when she decided to drink and get behind the wheel,” said Gina Harsh.  “She’ll have to deal with that. But she didn’t make a decision to kill a young man and we want her to know that we forgive her.”

Jail records showed Molina posted bail and was released from the Salt Lake County jail.  She had been booked on charges of automobile homicide, fleeing from the scene of an accident and DUI.
Official charges have not been filed.

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