Family of man killed in Tulsa crash speaks out following killer's sentencing


    Family of man killed in Tulsa crash speaks out following killer's sentencing; Steve Freking (Courtesy of the Freking family)

    TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Nearly two years after a man dies in Tulsa, the man who killed him is sentenced.

    The victim, Steve Freking, had pulled over to take a call when his family says Taylor Jameson Harvey struck him head-on.

    “You knew he loved you by his presence," said Adam Freking.

    A picture is worth a thousand words. A family book of photos shows the life that was Steve Freking’s.

    “He had a really dry sense of humor, very witty," said Freking. “These last two years have been like limbo, so we can close that last chapter in a book about Dad."

    Freking died in March of 2017.

    Today, his son Adam Freking spoke with us minutes after his father’s killer was sentenced to prison.

    “I hope Mr. Harvey turns his life around and finds God and finds Jesus," said Freking.

    Harvey pleaded guilty today to reckless driving and causing a fatal accident without a drivers license.

    The 33-year-old allegedly hit Freking head-on as he sat on the side of the road.

    The wreck happened along Whirlpool Drive in north Tulsa, but since the crash, the Frekings say it’s been too difficult to visit the site.

    The family, however, shared photos of that accident. Both vehicles were mangled up from the collision.

    “Next month, it will be two years," said Freking.

    Inside the courtroom, family members were able to read victim impact statements, telling Harvey of the lost time and memories they’ll never be able to have again.

    “He apologized today; I think that’s the first time he has done that," said Freking.

    Freking says his family does forgive Harvey but still they wish it would've never happened.

    “I know perfect justice won't be served here on earth. I don’t expect it to be," said Freking.

    Harvey faces up to five years in prison and hundreds of dollars for the family.

    Toxicology reports from 2017 indicate Harvey had the presence of cocaine and marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.

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