Mother Of 11-Year-Old Killed By Drunk Driver Angry The Suspect Is Free

SPOKANE – He admits he was drunk and is willing to take responsibility. But the man accused of killing 11-year-old Wyatt Williams-Herres is out of jail, and Williams’ mother is outraged William Keizer is free.

They were on their way home from Grandma’s. It was a normal drive along Trent Avenue. Then, a crash. And now, anger from the young boy’s mother that the suspect will spend New Year’s as a free man.

“We were laughing, having fun,” says Erica Williams, Wyatt’s mother. “Wyatt and I were wearing our Cowboys baseball caps. Wyatt says, ‘Mom, Dracula’s on!’, and boom, we were hit.”

The longest week in Williams’ life started Saturday.

“Everybody says you have everything in life and within an instant it’s gone, and it’s true,” she says. “In less than an instant, half my life was gone.”

Each day gets harder.

williams “I’m angry. Very, very angry,” Williams says. “Wyatt, I’m going to miss him. I’m going to miss him saying, out of the blue, ‘Mommy, I love you.'”

Williams’ anger only compounded when she learned that William Keizer was released from jail without being charged. This is despite Keizer’s admission of drunk driving. But until prosecutors are ready, Keizer is free.

But Williams has a message for him.

“To get behind the wheel and keep going. To me, that is full-fledged murder,” she says. “I would like to see him live a long, healthy life behind bars with pictures of my son surrounding him.”

She also has a message for her son.

“Wyatt, I won’t forget my promise to you,” says Williams. “That’s to stay strong.”

Spokane police say the prosecutor’s office simply needs more information, including toxicology results, to file the charges.