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Woman sentenced for deadly wrong-way I-96 crash

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) --Family members of a man killed in a wrong way crash on I-96 say justice has been served. Monday morning, an Ottawa County judge sentenced the drunk driver, Heather Luke, to between seven and 15 years in prison for her role in William Foster's death.

Outside of court, a family that's hit rock bottom was beginning to find higher ground. William Foster's brother was emotionally moved by a sense of justice.

"We were told not to yell out in the courtroom, but I just wanted to scream, 'Yes'," says Paul Foster.

Paul Foster is applauding the judge's sentence for the woman who killed his brother.

In court, Heather Luke offered a brief apology.

"To the family, I am truly, truly sorry I never meant to hurt anybody that day," Luke said in court.

"I heard it but it didn't impact me, there's nothing that could be said or done to right what's been wrong," says Paul Foster.

In April, Luke pleaded no contest to charges that she was intoxicated when driving the wrong direction on I-96 last July.That led to a head-on collision with a mini van which then exploded. The driver, 52 year-old William Foster was killed at the scene.

"It's a very big burden when you lose a family member and it's even harder when you lose a family member at the hands of somebody else," says Paul Foster.

Before sentencing, Luke told Judge Jon Hulsing she's trying to change her life.

"All I can do is become a better person from here on out," Luke told the judge.

"It is unfortunate you have dedicated your life to a change after this very tragic event," Judge Hulsing said to Luke.

Judge Hulsing then sentenced Luke to between 7 and 15 years in prison. Foster's family did not speak in court, offering statements instead.

"We feel as though the justice system actually listened to what the family had to say through our statements," says Paul Foster.

William Foster leaves behind a wife and five children.

"I miss you, I love you, I will carry on only because of your pushing me to do so," says Paul Foster.

"We hope he would be proud of what we've done," says Barb Foster, Paul's wife.

Foster's family is now calling for action from other families.

"Don't let your family drive drunk, bad things happen," says Paul Foster.

Luke was sentenced on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death and manslaughter with a motor vehicle.