WILLMAR, Minn. -- On Friday, Paul Wickenhauser was sentenced to 67 months in prison in connection to a drunken driving crash last August.
The family that lost three generations in a drunken driving crash addressed Wickenhauser for the first time Friday.
"I don't have the ability to express the suffering," said Mike Hoffman, who lost his mother, wife and daughter in the crash. "(Your actions) have caused unbearable pain that few will ever comprehend."
In July, Wickenhauser, 22, of Cokato, pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal vehicular homicide for his role in the accident on August 17, 2012.
Witnesses say Wickenhauser, who admitted to drinking several beers before the crash, crossed the center line and hit a van carrying four people on Highway 12 near Willmar.
The accident killed Marta Stoffers, 68, her daughter-in-law, Michelle Hoffman, 40, and Hoffman's daughter, Julia Hoffman, 8.
"You took three generations of women from my family," said Melissa Hoffman during the hearing.
"There's no way to describe to you how much our family has changed because of your actions," Melissa said, adding that she hoped Wickenhauser would spend the rest of his life working to end drunken driving.
Wickenhauser himself took the opportunity to address the family before hearing his sentence. In a choked up voice, Wickenhauser said, "I'd like to extend my apologies to the family ... and I just pray that someday you can forgive me."
Wickenhauser is expected to serve at least two-thirds of his 67-month sentence in prison.
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