The mother of a woman killed in a fiery crash is furious that her daughter's boyfriend was behind the wheel after three drunk driving convictions.
"When he got behind that wheel, driving and drinking, he robbed her babies of their mommy," Tina Linker says.
Linker's daughter, 27-year-old Taylor Schnebelt, died in a crash near Harlan June 29th.
Taylor's new boyfriend, 29-year-old Jeremy Hoerger, was behind the wheel and allegedly had a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit.
"He had no car insurance, no valid drivers license, and the end result is, he killed my daughter," Linker says.
Taylor and Jeremy went to Central Lutheran School together, reconnected on Facebook, and began dating two months ago.
But soon into the relationship, her parents started hearing things about Jeremy's three DUI convictions going back to 2010.
"She asked us to not judge the book by its cover, that everyone deserves second chances. That's kind of hard to hear now, isn't it? Yes, it is," she says.
She doesn't know why Taylor would have gotten in a car with a driver whose blood alcohol level, police say, was .27.
What she does know is 6-year-old Chase and 10-month-old Tanner will grow up without their mother.
"Tanner will never know her touch, that's what hurts. And Chase last night woke up and wanted me to fix him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich like his mommy did. With soft bread," Linker sobs.
Something she says would soften the loss is if someone would return Taylor's iPhone, which mysteriously called her dad the morning after she died.
The Linkers desperately want the photos and videos from the phone, for Taylor's boys.
If you have it, you can drop it off here at the station, anonymously, and we will get it to her family.
Hoerger is charged with killing Taylor while driving drunk and reckless homicide.
Linker says she and a group of Taylor's friends will attend his every court proceeding.
"The laws will prevail, which actually is already coming to fruition through his past, it's catching up with him. And in the end, it's the fire he's going to have to battle," Linker says.
Jeremy Hoerger is being held on $60,000 bail, and will have a court hearing Thursday morning.