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A DWI crash in Amherst Sunday claimed the lives of two women. One of those women was a 25-year-old Tonawanda resident. YNN's Kate McGowan sat down with her family members, who spoke about the tragic affects of drinking and driving.

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. — "Jocelyn, she was an incredible sister," said Heather Brothers.

The family of Jocelyn Elberson is left with an emptiness they said will never heal.

"I just hope this guy realizes what he took," Heather said.

The 25-year-old Tonawanda resident was hit and killed by a motorcyclist as she was walking along the bike path Sunday on Tonawanda Creek.

Amherst Police said, David Smith, 53, of Niagara Falls was drunk when he plowed into Elberson and an elderly couple.

Sheila Pelton, 81, was also killed in the crash. Her husband, Foster, is in critical condition at ECMC.

"Made a bad choice and this person now has to live with that on his mind plus we have to live without our child. It's just wrong, you're not supposed to do this, you're not supposed to bury your child," Charles Elberson said.

Jocelyn's older sister said just months ago, she survived major open heart surgery.

Jocelyn was born with a rare genetic disorder but Heather said she didn't let it stop her from living a full and happy life.

"She had the greatest personality, you know always smiling and cheering you up. She was so friendly to everyone and so selfless and caring about other people before herself," she said.

Her family said Jocelyn, a Kenmore West graduate, loved young children and animals. And she was highly involved in her church.

A life full of so much promise cut short by the actions of one man.

"She was just the best person, so innocent and she didn't deserve this," exclaimed her sister.

Her family now wants to share a message with the community.

"I just hope other people think before they do things, not to make bad choices with drinking and driving," said her father. "It's just I'm going to miss her, it's going to be hard to fill that void."

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