NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– 37-year-old Kimberly Zoller had to pass by friends and family of Frank Barabas as she walked into New London Superior Court.
The Niantic woman faces charges including DUI and manslaughter in the death of the 42-year-old Montville man.
Barabas was riding a motorcycle on Route 1 in East Lyme back in July when police say Zoller took a left turn right in front of him to pull into the Rustic Cafe.
“Finding out she’s playing cards all day at the casino and them serving her drinks and she had to get into that bar just a little faster and it just breaks my heart. We went to the crash site and saw that there was complete visibility that day,” said Barabas’s friend Eric Morton.
“He was a good guy and this was taken unjustly, unfairly,” said Barabas’s mother Carlene.
She was among the more than a dozen people at Zoller’s arraignment. They are hoping to bring attention to the dangers motorcyclists face on the road.
“We need stiffer penalties for people regardless in motor vehicle accidents but if you add in the drunk driving,” said Morton.
The family of Frank Barabas requested that Zoller have no alcohol and not drive while she is out on bond. In court Thursday, her attorney said that was agreeable.
Friends of Barabas shared memories of happier times. The father of three was born on Christmas day and that was a big part of his life.
“He would play Christmas music loud on his stereo over his bike and people would get a big goof out of that,” said Morton.
They want his memory to live on and his death to take on even more meaning.
“I don’t know what to say that I could help anybody to know Junior any better than he was a really good guy and this was senseless,” said Barabas. “So for people that drink please think about it. Get somebody to be a designated driver.”