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Aug 18, 2013 12:20 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Sheriff's Department runs DUI checkpoint

TUCSON - Kylie Hopson is glad to hear Pima County Sheriff's deputies are working a DUI checkpoint Saturday night.

"It's just like security at the airport," she said. "Nobody likes it, but it has to be done."

Her fiancé, Steven Williams, died in a car accident on his way home from work February 24. Investigators say he was hit by a drunk driver.

"He had a very big heart," Hopson said. "He loved both my daughters. And he was just funny, so funny."

Williams worked a night shift. Hopson had been calling him all morning, expecting him to return home. A Tucson Police Officer gave her the news at work.

"I saw that officer get out of the car, and he had one of those plastic bags," Hopson said. "And I knew. I knew right away."

Thomas Lancaster crossed the median and hit Williams near Grant Road and Interstate 10, according to Tucson Police.

The 20-year-old is in the Pima County Jail facing Second Degree Murder charges.

"I'm angry that it happened," Hopson said, "but I'm also sad for [Lancaster], because it's his life down the drain."

Hopson hopes others get the message about drinking and driving so they do not ruin more lives.

"You never think anything bad is going to happen," Hopson said. "And you never know who you are going to affect by making one bad decision. It's not worth it."

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