Family of fallen DPS officer speaks out

The family of fallen Department of Public Safety Officer Timothy Huffman is speaking out.

"It's been really a tough two years," said Paul Huffman.

Back in 2013, Huffman's patrol car was hit by a tanker truck driver who was using his phone at the time of the crash.

Huffman's family is still mourning his loss.

"Tim was an innocent victim that day; he did not deserve to die that way," he said.

Video showed the driver; Jorge Espinoza using his cell phone at the time of the crash. He was convicted of six endangerment and six criminal damage charges.

Espinoza now faces a sentence that could range from probation to six years in prison, but his sentencing has been delayed. The family also fears the punishment won't fit the crime.

"It is unprecedented, I don't think that serves justice," said Tammy Huffman.

Huffman's family is trying to push legislation that would ban texting while driving in Arizona. Arizona is one of the two states that do not have a law banning texting while driving.

They also have a message to anyone who thinks about texting while driving. "Don't, don't, it's not worth someone's life," she said.

"Think about your family members, the life of someone else," said Tammy.

Espinoza is expected to be sentenced later this year.
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