By Jennifer McGraw

FAIR OAKS (CBS13) – A young couple is dead following a fiery crash where a drunk driver is suspected of driving the wrong-way on Madison Avenue.

When 25-year-old Maggie Schooley didn’t come home Sunday night, her family knew something was terribly wrong. Now they have to explain to her 5-year-old son mommy is never coming home.

“We’re all in shock processing it. I don’t know how we’re going to, I don’t think he’s going to be able to for a while either,” said Maggie’s aunt, Rebecca Harris.

Friends and family said Chris Kimbal and Maggie were newly dating and both heading towards a bright future, with Maggie through medical school in hopes of becoming a doctor.

“Very full of life, very energetic. Just a shining star,” said Harris.

Maggie and Chris were heading west on a motorcycle down Madison Avenue when a suspected drunk driver crossed through the median and hit them head-on.

Police said 28-year-old Brandon Fernandez was driving drunk when he hit and killed the couple and walked away from the crash with minor injuries.

“The hardest part is the fact they lost to the most amazing people that I’ve ever met and I never saw them going out this way,” said Josh Smith who has known Chris for 20 years.

He said it’s an unbelievable loss for their friends and family who together want to everyone to know of the dangers of drunk driving.

“I hope people out there see this and hear this and know not to be drinking and driving,” Harris said.

Fernandez is charged with two felony DUI’s and two felony manslaughter charges.

Comments (2)
  1. Tina J. says:

    I’ll never understand why this continues to happen. It was completely preventable if not for the selfish arrogance of a person who thought they could handle themselves behind the wheel while drunk.

  2. Tired of lazy journalism says:

    This is written so poorly I can’t believe it’s actually “professional journalism” and that someone got paid to do it. And people wonder why it’s so difficult to take journalists at face value anymore. Please, learn how to write a coherent article.

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