On March 9, young mom Jamie Dowling was driving her two small kids, Landyn and Raylee, on a snowy stretch of Colorado highway. Jamie was driving slowly, and her kids were safely buckled in, but the roads were bad. Jamie hit a patch of ice, her car careened into another lane, and she was hit by oncoming traffic. Jamie was a nurse, and she tried to save her kids’ lives, but she couldn’t. Landyn and Raylee both died that day.
Now the local District Attorney is charging Jamie with two counts of “careless driving resulting in death,” threatening to send a grieving mom to jail.
My parents live right near the spot of the crash — so close that they heard the accident happen. In fact, my stepdad was the first person on the scene, 20 minutes before the ambulance arrived. When he got there, he said Jamie was trying to revive her son, who was already dead. My stepdad had to pry Landyn out of Jamie’s arms just to get Jamie out of the car.
Jamie Dowling has already been through a horrible, unimaginable ordeal in losing her children in a car accident. I started a petition on Change.org asking District Attorney Dan Hotsenpiller to drop his charges against Jamie. Will you click here to sign?
Jamie still struggles everyday to move forward from the death of her children. Landyn was 5, he loved cows and horses. Raylee was just 2, her favorite color was pink, and she thought everything should have sparkles. Jamie had moved her family from Texas to Colorado just a week before the accident, and the whole family was excited for a new start.
My parents were there for the worst moment of Jamie’s life, watching her struggle to save her children even though they were already gone. We don’t understand why the DA is insisting on dragging out Jamie’s nightmare; it doesn’t make any sense to us. But we were there for Jamie that day, and we’re going to keep standing with her now.
I know other petitions on Change.org have prompted District Attorneys to drop unfair charges before — I hope that if thousands of people sign my petition, DA Hotsenpiller will end his senseless prosecution of Jamie Dowling.