STAR, Idaho -- Dan and Linda Strauss say they're doing OK thanks to the support of their community, family and friends. It has been two months since their five-year-old son Alvin was killed in a car accident on Highway 44.
I hardly think about the tragedy of it, I mostly just think about Alvin, said Linda.
But Thursday, the family had another reminder of the tragedy, as 42-year-old Helen Burgess was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and aggravated DUI for her role in the accident. Police say she was using several different prescription drugs in excess when she drove her Ford Explorer into the back of the Strauss' van.
It was nice to know that she wasn't on the roads anymore, and I know that's a concern for a lot of people, said Dan.
Even to help her, you have to pay the consequences for the things you do. Otherwise you can't improve your life, said Linda.
Dan saw Burgess for the first time on Friday when she was arraigned in court. But he says it wasn't an emotional experience.
We don't hold any malice against her, said Dan. We're not trying to be vindictive.
That might surprise people. But while Dan and Linda say there are still times they get very sad and emotional about what happened, they also say they're trying to keep Alvin alive by remembering the great moments they shared in his short life.
We talk about Alvin all the time, everyday, and we constantly talk about our memories with him, said Dan. And we just look forward to that day that we get to put our arms around him again and hold him tight and never let him go again.
The Strauss' daughter Lorna was also seriously hurt in the accident but they say she's making a complete recovery now.
Bond for Helen Burgess was set at $1 million. A preliminary hearing for Burgess is set for Aug. 31.