Carmichael family wants justice after son died in hit, run crash

12:06 AM, Aug 3, 2012   |    comments
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Harison Randall (left) and Gemily West (right) with their four dogs.

CARMICHAEL, CA - The families of two hit and run victims are leaning on each other through their grief.

On July 16, the California Highway Patrol said Paul Walden sped through a Carmichael intersection hitting Gemily West and her boyfriend Harison Long-Randall as they walked their dogs. Randall jumped in front of West to protect her from the car's impact.

The crash killed West's four Australian sheep dogs; two weeks later, complications from injuries claimed Randall's life.

West was released from the hospital a few days after the crash; she is currently recovering at home.

"She is going to miss her hero forever, you can't bring that back," West's brother Trevor West said.

The day before he passed it seemed like Randall was getting better.

"He not only had multiple surgeries, but when he came around he shook hands with the doctors and nurses," Randall's father Chris Randall said.

"He did look like he was getting better so we were all shocked," Randall's sister Mary Beth Randall said.

They knew recovery would be slow but they had hope that Harison Randall would leave the hospital. Now, instead of hope, they must cope by using the memories of the one they love.

"He was just one of those kind of guys who was just caring he would give you the shirt off his back," Trevor West said.

Gemily West recovering on the outside, but it's healing on the inside seems so far from her reach.

"It's all she had left and now he's gone too," said Trevor West.

West and Randall's' story has touched many hearts across the country. Thousands of dollars have flowed in to help with mounting medical bills.

In the end, the Randall and West families hope justice is served after tragedy rocked their lives.

"Especially now that Hari's gone, I hope they stick him with the highest punishment that he can get," Trevor West said.

Chris Randall said his son was so amazed by the support from strangers and that he was being called a hero for protecting his girlfriend.

The family said thanks to the community for the support as they now begin the painful process of planning Harison Long Randall's funeral.


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