Father Urges Regulation For Limo and Taxi Drivers

Updated: Wednesday, September 3 2014, 03:38 PM EDT
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The father of a woman killed along with her husband is calling for better regulation of limousine and taxi drivers.

Will and Jamie Reid and their unborn child were killed in August of 2013 in a crash on I-26.

They were in a limo driven by Rodney Koon, who officials say admitted he was high on crack cocaine before picking up the Reids to drive them to the airport.

He was sentenced earlier this year after pleading guilty to two counts of death by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.

Despite testing positive for drugs, Koon's license was not suspended because it didn't involve alcohol. Jamie Reid's father, Ron Soukup, says North Carolina needs to close that loophole.

"Six weeks later the toxicology test came back,  it showed this driver had active crack-cocaine in his system," Soukup said. "He was arrested days afterwards, out on bond, his license was not suspended."
    
Under state law, for-hire drivers are not required to have commercial drivers' licenses.
Father Urges Regulation For Limo and Taxi Drivers
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