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Widow forgives alleged drunk driver who killed her husband

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By News 8 Reporter Richard Allyn

RANCHO BERNARDO, Calif. (CBS 8) - The widow of 65-year-old Marc Durham, who was killed last Friday in a suspected DUI accident, said she forgives the man who took her husband's life.

"I feel bad for this man. I know he has a family, I know he has grandchildren," Elaine Durham told News 8. " I have to think they're suffering too, and I do forgive him."

Elaine Durham also hopes her family's loss will serve as a lesson to others never to drive under the influence.

"When you drink and drive, you might as well get a gun and shoot somebody, because it's just as dangerous," she said. "I guess if this (tragedy) saves one person's life, then I would be very happy about that."

Marc Durham, a father of five and grandfather of nine, has just retired from his position as head of security at BAE Systems the week before. The Rancho Bernardo resident had been driving alone to the movies Friday evening when 57-year-old Anthony Guarino, also of Rancho Bernardo, slammed into the back of Durham's car at a stop light on Camino del Norte at Carmel Mountain Road, killing him instantly.

The impact triggered a chain reaction. Eight people in four other vehicles suffered minor injuries.

Guarino will make his first court appearance on Wednesday in San Diego Superior Court. He faces charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI, and could spend up to ten years in prison if convicted.

Marc Durhams' funeral service will be held Saturday, August 28 at 10 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located at 15750 Bernardo Heights Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92128. There will be an opportunity to meet and console the family Friday evening from 6 pm to 8 pm, at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for the treatment of Breast Cancer to the following:

Marc Durham Memorial Fund
Wells Fargo acct # 2375599715

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