Apology rings hollow for sister of woman killed by drunk driver

Kellie Isaac
Kellie Isaac

(WMC-TV) - The younger sister of a woman killed Tuesday night by drunk driver says the situation still does not seem real.

Friday, Stephanie Holman described her sister, Sheila Ellard, as a free spirit that was always full of life.

"My sister just has that spirit that, I don't care how bad things got, she always looked at positives," Holman said.

Ellard died in a Tuesday night car wreck on the Hernando-DeSoto bridge after her pick-up truck was hit by an accused drunk driver traveling east in the westbound lanes.

"A beautiful soul has been taken for such a...just a...I don't know how else to put it, but a stupid decision," Holman said.

Police charged Kellie Isaac with DUI and negligent homicide. Thursday, while locked up on $85,000 bond, Isaac apologized as she spoke through tears to Action News 5's Jason Miles.

"I don't remember anything," she sobbed.

But that wasn't good enough for Ellard's family members.

"I don't think there are enough words in the world to ever apologize for what Kellie has taken from us," Holman said.

Though the apology rings hollow, Ellard's family harbors no hatred - just hope.

"Not only pray for my family and what we're going through, but pray for Kellie, and maybe this'll be an eye-opener not only to her but to everyone," Holman said. "I pray that people will see this and definitely think twice about what one drink alone can do."

Ellard's funeral was held Friday in Ripley, Tennessee.

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