Patrick Walsh sentenced for drunk driving accident that killed Steven Brueggen, Michael McLemore

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By Elizabeth Matthews

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - A convicted drunk driver was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison.

Two men died when Patrick Walsh crashed on Interstate 270 18 months ago.

The sisters of Steve Brueggen say that even if Walsh, the man who killed their brother, would have been sentenced to 50 years, it won't bring their brother back.

It was September 25, 2011 when the life of Steve Brueggen was cut short.

"I beat myself up over it, why wasn't I there, why couldn't I have been there to save him?" asked his sister Lindsay Hauze. "You just replay this accident that you weren't even at."

State troopers say Patrick Walsh was driving drunk underage, with a blood alcohol limit over the legal limit. He clipped the Tahoe that Brueggen and six others were riding in, killing Brueggen and Mike McLemore.

Now Walsh will sit behind bars for another seven years. Brueggen's other sister Shannon Bensing says that's punishment enough.

"It will never be over but we can put one part of this behind us," said Bensing.

"I hate what he's done, I hate that he drank too much that night, I hate that he got in that vehicle and drove, I hate that my brother was in that exact same spot in that is exact same time of that accident," said Hauze who admits she thought it would get easier and maybe it is, but slowly.

"We talk about Uncle Steve all the time and we go visit him and I will always talk to my kids about him, but my youngest, Xander, he's 8-months-old and Steve never even got to meet him and so they are going to grow up and they won't have a single memory of their uncle," said Hauze.

Bensing has high hopes for the man who killed her brother.

"I hope that he will come out a better man, I really truly think he will learn from this mistake and I hope that he's a better person when he comes out," said Bensing.

The sisters say Walsh was allowed to speak in court and the sisters did tell me that he asked for their forgiveness.


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