Haverhill Man Forgives Drunk Driver Who Killed Wife

By Jim Armstrong, WBZ-TV

HAVERHILL (CBS) – He is trying to move on, but if Bill Lapierre chose to be angry about what happened to him, no one could fault him.

A drunk driver killed his wife of 37 years the Sunday morning before Christmas as she loaded up the family car with donuts for a church gathering. The accident happened in front of a Haverhill donut shop.

“I can’t waste my time on hating people, life is too short. I don’t want to do that,” he explains. “Nobody wants to hurt anybody, nobody does that on purpose.”

lapierre Haverhill Man Forgives Drunk Driver Who Killed Wife

Karen and Bill Lapierre.

The driver who took his wife’s life is 37-year-old Lisa Leavitt, also of Haverhill. Investigators say she plowed into Karen Lapierre without even hitting the brakes. Her blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

Related: “She Said ‘I Love You’ and Stopped Breathing”

This week, she pleaded guilty to motor vehicle homicide charges and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison — but only after Bill read a victim impact statement in open court.

That’s when he told Leavitt he forgives her.

“I consider myself a Christian and if I want to be a Christian then number one, I have to forgive,” Lapierre says. “This didn’t only hurt my family this hurt Lisa’s family, and from meeting them in court, they’re very nice people.”

Indeed, Lapierre spoke with members of Leavitt’s family — and even hugged her mother.

“And I told them, it’s a tragedy for both families. I know they were hurting as much as I was,” he says.

More from Jim Armstrong
  • Tim

    The world would be a much better place if there were more people like Mr. Lapierre in it.

    • Italo

      Ditto on that, Tim.

    • Willow

      Absolutely agree. When someone holds a grudge or refuses to forgive, they are the only ones that suffer from the burden of carrying the weight of hate.

  • Mike

    I applaude him, but I don’t know if I could forgive…especially for driving drunk. I have lost 2 cousins within the past 10 years to drunk drivers….

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/03/30/bradley-jay-bill-lapierre-of-haverhill-forgave-his-wifes-killer-i-could-not/ Bradley Jay: Bill LaPierre Of Haverhill Forgave His Wife’s Killer. I Could Not. « CBS Boston

    […] drunk driver killed Bill Lapierre’s wife the Sunday morning before Christmas as she packed up the car with donuts for a church event. […]

blog comments powered by Disqus
Taz Show
Download Weather App

Listen Live