Memorial installed where Courtney Griffin was killed in 2011
Drivers along Exposition Boulevard in Austin will now pass a white and red cross where Courtney Griffin was killed in 2011. If you'll recall, a jury convicted Gabrielle Nestande of striking Griffin and leaving the scene.
Courtney was walking home on May 27th, 2011 when she was struck. At the time of her death she was 30 years old. Courtney's mother says she was walking home the morning she was killed because she'd just helped a friend home who had too much to drink.
Gabrielle Nestande, the woman who hit her, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and served six months in jail.
Members of the Travis County District Attorney's office, Courtney's mother Laurie, Austin police and close family friends gathered by the cross Thursday to remember Courtney's life.
"It took my life. It took our world as we knew it. We'll never have that world back. We miss her every, every single day," said Laurie Griffin, Courtney's mom.
Courtney's death inspired two new laws. Now if a driver leaves the scene of a fatal accident they will face a higher penalty, up to 20 years in prison, which is the equivalent to intoxication manslaughter.