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Tennessee mother forgives the drunk driver who killed her son

July 28th, 2013 9:07 am by Joan Garrett McClane, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Tennessee mother forgives the drunk driver who killed her son

Tina Finlayson; her son, Derek Yates; and her husband, Tom Finlayson, stand in front the crushed van in which Tiki's other son, Kevin Yates, died after being hit by a drunken driver. Photo by Dan Henry.

CHATTANOOGA — Before the crushed left side of his face was fixed by a mortician and the matted blood was combed from his hair, Tiki Finlayson already had decided to forgive the woman who killed her son.

Finlayson prayed for the wrong-way drunken driver before Kevin was even dead.

That was what she felt like God needed her to do, to make her son's death mean something.

Now the van that Kevin was driving when death came calling two years ago Thursday sits in her front yard in Chattanooga.

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