A family is coping with the loss of two loved ones who were struck and killed by a suspected drunken driver over the weekend.
Mark Williams and Jo Ann Williams were riding a motorcycle along state Route 142 and Gregg Road in West Jefferson on Saturday when they were struck by Timothy Ackley, 10TV’s Glenn McEntyre reported.
Investigators said that Ackley was drunk at the time of the crash. The couple died at the scene.
“They were the most wonderful, wonderful couple,” family member Ann Neal said.
Mark Williams, 52, and Jo Ann Williams, 51, could have been referred to as midlife sweethearts, only meeting 15 years ago, McEntyre reported.
Though the couple had a late start, no one could have imagined their time together would be so short.
“For them to end up like this, it’s just real hard,” Neal said.
The couple died while doing what they loved, riding Mark Williams’ motorcycle together, McEntyre reported.
“It was so senseless and it’s just so unfair for someone to have to lose their life like that,” Neal said. “No one should have to go through something like that, but these were such good people. They loved people, they loved life.”
Jo Ann Williams worked as a nurse at Maryhaven, treating addicts and alcoholics, McEntyre reported.
Neal said that she was hurt and angry.
“I know this doesn’t sound very nice,” Neal said. “Jo Ann and Mark are in the arms of God and I hope his hell is just starting for him.”
Ackley was ordered held on $200,000 bond. He was charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular manslaughter.
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