Rally Honors Chance Geery

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Friends and family of18-year-old, Hellgate High School Senior, Chance Geery, held a rally on Friday, after the driver sentenced for hitting and killing him, did not face felony charges.

"It's nice to have the support, and it's nice to be distracted from what I sit and think everyday," said Chance Geery's father, Todd Geery.

The gathering was organized through a Facebook page, under the name, Justice for Chance Geery #58.

"We organized this protest so we could get a lot of people aware of what's going on, so we can get something changed with legal system," said the page's administrator, Taylor Dubois.

The rally takes place just a day after the driver, 38-year-old Yoon Hee Cho pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of "careless driving resulting in a death" and "driving on a sidewalk".

"I'm outraged," said Todd. "If it's not a miscarriage of justice, it's a big mistake."

Cho's court appearance came a week after County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg decided not to charge Cho with a felony. Van Valkenburg attended the rally.

"I think that people need to express their opinions about things," he said. "They need, particularly the family needs, this as going through the grieving process."

Still, he supports his decision, saying the only felony charge the county could file against Cho would be negligent homicide, which he do not see fit for the case.

"There really was virtually nothing to indicate that she was grossly negligent in this matter," Van Valkenburg said. "She was obviously negligent. She drove off the road way."

Van Valkenburg said Cho was distracted just a matter of seconds before hitting Geery.

Cho is serving 30 days under house arrest, and is also contributing $5,300 to the Chance Geery Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Geery's friends and family are gathering signatures on a petition they hope to send to Helena to change Montana's distracted driving laws.

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