"She was an individual with lots of personal strength-- both physically and otherwise. She was intelligent, she was a take-charge gal," David Dotson said.
David and Linda Dotson remember the life of Mary Jane Outslay, a friend, college roommate and bridesmaid in their wedding. Since she was killed in a hit-and-run, the couple says the last week has been difficult.
"I think there has been a certain amount of trying to process Mary Jane's death. The whole community is having some difficulty with that," David Dotson said.
On the evening of April 10, Outslay was crossing Strongs Avenue in Rutland City, when a Lexus sedan struck her and fled the scene. The following day, Christopher Sullivan admitted to being the vehicle owner. Being that Sullivan is a former Rutland City attorney, the investigation was turned over to the Vermont attorney general's office.
Rutland City Police cannot comment on the case. And Assistant Attorney General Cindy Maguire said she had no new information to release and could not comment on the case. But she said they are working expeditiously on the investigation. No charges or citations have been issued.
Some question the delay, while others feel differently.
"If there was evidence that there was a clear lack of attention to this matter, I'd be right out there with people saying we need to do something. But that is not the case," said Alis Headlam of Rutland.
Headlam has been following the investigation and recently wrote an opinion piece in the Rutland Herald. She says this case has been highly emotional for many, but urges the community to be patient.
"He is not going to run away. He is a known member of the community, he has ties in the community," Headlam said.
Even those close to Outslay, like the Dotsons, recognize that investigations can take time, but they wish there were some answers. And mostly, David Dotson says he is concerned for the severity that automobile fatalities are often penalized.
"If you shoot down a person and kill them, you could be subjected to the rest of your life behind bars. I'm not suggesting that is appropriate. All I am saying is there are disproportionate situations in the law," he said.
Dotson says he will continue to wait with hopes that justice will be served.
Outslay's family tells WCAX News they say they are anxious for charges, but they say that Mary Jane was the glue of the family, so right now, they are more focused on keeping the pieces together.
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