Justice for Jocelyn "Joy" Wright

By Stephanie Claytor

Published 08/12 2014 06:21PM

Updated 08/12 2014 06:54PM

One year ago, a distracted driver crossed the freeway, hitting Jocelyn “Joy Wright's car, and killing her.

The driver, Chelsea Farris, told the court she plans to plead guilty to reckless operation of a vehicle.


"I have nothing to say at this time," said Chelsea Farris, after leaving the Caddo Courthouse.


"It was an accident," said her mother Michele Farris.


The charge stems from a car crash, that happened on Aug 30. 2013 on Highway 3132.

Wright’s best friend and former roommate said the family has a hard time dealing with the misdemeanor charge.


"My thoughts with the charge, I don’t agree with the charges that were brought against her, however she had no choice but to plead guilty because she's guilty of something,” said Laura Hyson.  


According to court documents, Farris told investigators, her phone rang and she was looking down at it when her car flipped across the highway.


Wright's family and friends said they can’t move on without an apology. 


"There's no closure. No closure,” said Laura Hyson.  “I feel in my heart had she stepped up and apologized to all of us, that are grieving, everyone that loved her, then I could have somewhat of a closure, but I have no closure because she's acting like nothing happened.”


When NBC 6 asked Chelsea Farris if she had anything to say to the family, her mother responded, “Yes mam, we are all apologetic."


Toxicology results reveal traces of marijuana were found in Farris' system, but not enough blood was collected to prove she was impaired at the time of the crash.


Farris plans to enter her guilty plea, and face sentencing Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.

The maximum sentence involves a $200 fine and up to 90 days in prison.


There will be a vigil for Jocelyn “Joy” Wright, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at Benton Community Cemetery.

Her brother and son are planning the memorial.

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