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Street racing death: "Slap on the wrist"

Reporter: Stephanie Gailhard

Bonnie Martin lost her only son in a street racing accident. Since David's death, Bonnie is calling for tougher sentences when it comes to street racing.

Matthew Swaney and Jonathan Ramirez got one year in jail and 15 months probation for DUI manslaughter in David Martin's death. Last February, investigators say the two were racing on Clint Moore Road in Boca Raton when they lost control of their cars and crashed.

Martin was a passenger in Swaney's car. Investigators say Swaney was going about 80 miles per hour before he slammed into a tree killing David.

Monday morning David's mother speaks only to us about Swaney and Ramirez sentences. "It does not send a good message out to the community. They want to get rid of drunk driving. They want to get rid of road racing. They're not going to get rid of that if they impose these light sentences. It's a slap on the wrist."

David's mother says Swaney and Ramirez could have been sentenced to 15 years behind bars. She says she would have been satisfied with five years. David would have turned 22 in July.

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