Home city: Richfield, Ohio
Date of crash: February 15th, 2010
Charlene Kuzda and I were married September 23, 2009. I met Charlene on a chat line and we fell in love the first time we met. My wife traveled three days by greyhound each way and she did it two times, to come and see me. First time we met; second time I asked her to be my wife. Charlene resided in Richfield, Ohio and our first year together was awesome. The second year was a challenge as my wife and I were separated and living apart.
My wife was involved with a long time friend in Ohio where she resided. With every chat, I told her I loved her and forgave her. I prayed for God to renew my marriage and waited patiently for the woman of faith and action, to which I married. However, I did not get the chance to look into Charlene’s eyes again. When Charlene returned to Ohio, that was the last time I saw her alive.
February 15th, 2010, Charlene was with her friend walking her dog Willow at 9:00pm when she was struck by a drunk driver. The drunk driver ran Charlene and her dog over leaving them for dead as she proceeded to park eight houses away. She was found by Police 3 hours after the crash after they had to kick in her door after they discovered her car had signs of a fatal impact.
The woman who pled guilty to killing Charlene and Willow, was sentenced to 10 years; lifetime driving ban and 3 years probation after 10 years of time served. In the state of Ohio there is no early release for conviction.
My first call was to my church and then to MADD here in Edmonton and Ohio.
Charlene was an angel in my life and to other people as well. Now Charlene and her dog Willow are home with God, watching over me.
Rest in peace, my beloved.
Your husband, Christopher Burke.
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