Father seeks justice for son killed in crash with alleged drunk driver
Friday, Aug. 20, 2021 marks three years since Steven Warkenthien was killed in a crash with an alleged drunk driver in Edgewater Park.
Steven Warkenthien Sr. says that back in 2018, his kids had planned a trip to Montreal for his oldest son's birthday. But that trip never came because on Aug. 20, Steven Warkenthien Jr. was killed by an alleged drunk driver right before he turned 24.
Three years later, his father's heart is still broken. Warkenthien says it's tough to heal from the loss of his son when the man accused of taking him away, while the accused drunk driver Randy Sookoo remains free.
"No matter what jail term he gets, it'll never bring my son back, but something has to be done to this person because he's still out," says Steven.
On the night of the crash, Sookoo had allegedly made a left onto Wissman Avenue when he hit Warkenthien Jr., who was riding an ATV in Edgewater Park around 8:30 p.m. Sookoo was charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a breath test. But the family says that Sookoo's court case keeps getting rescheduled. They say the District Attorney's office blames the pandemic for the delay.
Warkenthien Sr. says he doesn't want another parent to have to bury their child.
"It's going on three years, and I have no closure. At least if we had some closure, I'd feel better," he says.
Until that day justice is served, he remembers the happy memories that he had with his son.
The DA's office told News 12 that Sookoo has two prior convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol - one in 2005 and one in 2009.
The district attorney's office also says that "The defendant is out on bail....The trial has been delayed because of [the] pandemic. We would have been ready for trial and started in April 2020."