TULSA, Okla. -- Areale Louie was killed by a drunk driver who was more than two times the legal limit near the Apache exit off of the Tisdale Expressway Sunday.
It's the best way to release pain from an unexpected tragedy.
“It’s kind of hard to understand why," Cedarwood Veterinary Clinic assistant Heather Bley said.
There's almost every color of balloons for a woman who lived a colorful life.
“Once Areale got on to something, there was no getting her off to it," Bley said. "She was so dedicated and so passionate about everything that she did.” 19:59:15:47 to 19:59:22:59
Areale Louie was in the veterinary technician program at TCC and working at Cedarwood Veterinary Clinic.
“I’m sure she would have been a great mom, just judging by the way she cared for animals,"Cedarwood Veterinary Clinic Owner Dr. Robert Poteet
She was six months pregnant with a little girl on the way.
“She was ready to see what she was going to look like," Bley said. "She couldn’t wait to hear her voice and hear what it sounds like.”
Police say 25-year-old Gabrielle Dennis hit and killed Louie early Sunday morning. Officers say Dennis didn't stop at a stop sign and was driving with a suspended license and had been pulled over and cited two times before. The report says Dennis’s blood alcohol level was more than two times the legal limit.
“I hope nobody has to go through this because it’s just hard especially when the person is innocent," Areale's sister Jaylyn Louie said. “Saturday she asked me before she went out and we met up and she wondered which shoes to put on and before I came to the scene somebody brought me her one shoe that was left over here."
The clinic is forever remembering the 24-year-old with a picture on the front desk.
“It will be a long time before any memory of Areale fades away," Dr. Poteet said.
As the balloons disappear out of site, in time the pain will start to subside but Areale Louie will continue to shine as bright as the balloons.