"She always had that smile:" Family remembering mother of two killed by drunk driver in Town of Lisbon

NOW: “She always had that smile:“ Family remembering mother of two killed by drunk driver in Town of Lisbon

The family of a woman killed by an alleged drunk driver on Monday night is now speaking out. They have a message for the woman who police say caused the fatal crash.

The family of 44-year-old Candace Franckowiak hopes what happened will be a lesson learned for others.

"You wanted to be around her, she was cool," said Candace's best friend Tania Perez.

As they look through pictures and make funeral arrangements, family members are still trying to process what happened to Candace.  She was working a night shift as a medical courier when police say an alleged drunk driver veered onto the wrong side of the road on state Highway 164 in the Town of Lisbon. The driver, 23-year-old Abby Dominski collided head-on into the victim.

"In your heart, you know that God wants you to forgive her but you know that you can't help be angry at what she did," Perez said. 

Police say the driver of another vehicle swerved off the road to avoid being hit but survived. Franckowiak died almost instantly.

According to the criminal complaint, Dominski was drinking at the bar and a Brewers game before the accident. According to the criminal complaint, she said: "I knew I shouldn't be driving, I was too drunk to drive..."

A choice, Franckowiak's family says comes with a costly consequence.

"We shouldn't be the ones living with any regret, the person who did this should," Perez said.

Franckowiak was a single mother of two. Her family says she worked night shifts so she could help care for her granddaughter, take her teenage son to sports practice, and care for her elderly grandmother.

"That smile, she always had that smile every time you saw Candace."

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