YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The man who hit and killed a woman in the parking lot of the Southern Park Mall last year entered a guilty plea on Thursday morning. But the victim’s family said that doesn’t give them peace.
Over a year ago, they lost their wife and mother after Judy Dailey was hit and killed by Wilson while simply walking across the JCPenney parking lot in Boardman.
On Thursday, Matthew Wilson pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide.
Police said Wilson was driving his pick-up truck when he slammed into Judy Dailey as she was walking near JCPenney in November. She later died at the hospital.
“He stole the love of my life. She was stolen, he killed her,” Judy’s husband, Charles, said. “We were married 46 years. I used to introduce her as my girlfriend and I used to tell her, ‘I not only love you but I’m still in love with you.'”
As Wilson admitted his guilt Thursday, Charles said they were given another blow.
“I thought he was going to do jail time. It’s a slap on the wrist, I can’t believe that’s all that’s going to happen. And the most that he can get is six months? It’s an injustice.”
Last month, Wilson’s family said he suffered from seizures and had one before the crash. The Dailey family said that leaves them with more questions than answers.
“He readily admits to the police that he does not take his medication because he doesn’t like the side effects. So he’s playing Russian Roulette with all of society,” Charles said. “At any time, he can have a seizure. He has no respect for life, evidently.”
With his daughter by his side, Charles told WKBN that Wilson was in court for an OVI on the same day he hit and killed Judy.
Wilson is due back in court for sentencing on August 9.
In the seven months since her passing, Charles said the family they built together — four kids and seven grandchildren — is missing its biggest piece.
“It was explained to me, it’s like having nails in a piece of wood. You just pound a nail in the piece of wood and then when someone dies, you pull that nail out. There’s a hole there, that’s your heart. Those nails are in your heart, those are your family. You pull that nail out, that hole is still there — it never goes away. It will never heal, it will always be there.”