Tyler Bova stood in court with great courage on Wednesday, July 31, seeking justice for his family. The last time Bova had been in Millard County, Utah, was over a year ago when he lost his parents and younger brother in a car accident, FOX13 reported.
Jennifer Diamond, of Sandy, Utah, in her 40s, was sentenced to 24 months probation for her role in the deadly crash that took place on June 19, 2018.
She had gone out of her lane to pass a car, then never turned back into her own lane, Diamond said in a written statement read in court.
Prosecutor David Corbett said that when Diamond hit the Bova family, she was speeding, going around 65 miles per hour at the time and that she never even put her foot on the brake.
“There have been lots of tears,” Tyler said in a video recorded by prosecutors. “But I know all of those tears are from the love people had for y’all.”
Tyler was speaking about his two parents and younger brother Haden — his mother, who taught Bova how to throw a football while his father inspired him in everything he did.
“You’re my little brother and I love you, fly high Haden,” Tyler said.
The wounds sustained from the accident are still healing, including the place where Tyler’s’s seatbelt cut into his stomach.
Tyler stood before Judge Anthony Howell, supported by braces on his legs and holding onto a cane. Howell said that although Tyler was the victim in that case, “But I don’t feel like that defines who you are. It’s more appropriate to call you a fighter; to call you a survivor, to call you a hero.”
Tears were shed as Howell continued talking to Tyler and then asked him what punishment he wants for Diamond.
“I wouldn’t care if she goes to jail or not,” Tyler said. “For the safety of other people. I don’t want anyone else to get hurt like my family was.”
Howell then turned to Diamond—a woman who was facing three charges of negligible homicide and one count of reckless driving.
Lawyers debated for a few minutes on whether or not Diamond should be tried for reckless driving or negligible driving.
Howell spoke to Diamond saying he believed she felt sorrow and pain for what she had done—that any sentence he could bring would not compare to the punishment she will give herself for the rest of her life.
“You’re about to tell me that she showed no concern for the Bova family at this scene,” Howell spoke to Corbett. “I think that that’s inconsistent and that that narrative is damaging for everyone involved.”
Diamond will serve 24 months probation and, instead of the $10,000 court fee, Howell instructed her to put the money toward a nonprofit for driving safety.