PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) – Almost 22 years to the day since Bob Willet lost his son and two nephews the pain is as searing as it was the night they died. 19-year-old Kenny Willett and his two teenaged cousins were killed by a drunk driver on Woodward in Pontiac in October 1988.
“Our lives were totally changed forever. And he never, ever accepted responsibility for it,” Willet said.
The man behind the wheel of the car that killed the teens was the Lions’ first round draft pick Reggie Rogers. Because of more lenient laws at the time Rogers was only sentenced to just over a year in prison.
“I wouldn’t wish this on an enemy, not even on his family,” Willet said.
Fast forward to 2008, Rogers has moved to Washington State and is pulled over two times in two months for driving under the influence. He was ordered to prison. At his sentencing Rogers pleaded with the judge.
The judge handed down a two-year sentence as part of a plea deal. Rogers went to prison, but was released early and just last week he was pulled over again for DUI.
Willet thinks Rogers won’t ever stop drinking and is worried about his next victim.
The latest DUI brings Rogers’ total to six. Willet is worried the number will grow and more people could be hurt or killed unless Rogers is put away for a long time.