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Teen Sent to Prison for Deadly Crash

David Broom David Broom
Brian Wu Brian Wu
Teresa Wu Teresa Wu

Lancaster, New Hampshire - April 7, 2008

David Broom, 17, turned and faced the parents of 12-year-old Brian Wu and apologized for killing their son.

"I want people to know this story so nobody else does it again. Words can't describe how I feel for you. And all I can say is I'm sorry. I know that is not going to change anything but that is what I would like you to know," Broom said.

Police say last April, Broom was driving his car at twice the speed limit on a back road in Gorham in an effort to catch air at the top of the hill. Wu was rollerblading on the other side and was struck and killed by the vehicle.

Friends and family of Wu were in court for Monday's sentencing. A few of them expressed their pain to the court. That included both of Wu's parents-- who also spoke to the press after the sentencing.

"It is all you think about. Every day. Every single day. You don't recover at all. Ever. I don't see recovering. You just have to learn to live with it. And, I have three other children. That is what makes me go," said Brian Wu's mother, Teresa.

Judge Timothy Vaughan sentenced Broom to serve one to five years for the crime. He said that part of the sentence was to deter others from doing the same thing.

But the Wus hope that the death of their son will give lawmakers the incentive to pass a graduated license law for young drivers in New Hampshire-- similar to one already on the books in Vermont.

"I grew up in Vermont, and I had to get my permit first, I had to read the book, I had to know the laws of the road, and that kind of thing before I could get in the car to drive. Here in New Hampshire, you don't have to know anything, you just have to be 15 and a half," said Teresa Wu.

Along with the one to five year sentence, Broom will also have to tell his story to high schools throughout the state, as well as carry a picture of Brian Wu as a constant reminder of a tragedy that took the life of a 12-year-old boy.

Adam Sullivan - WCAX News

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