HOUSTON--A driver is now out of jail after serving time for killing a young man in a drunk-driving accident, but the next phase of his unusual punishment starts this weekend.
A judge has ordered Michael Giacona to wear the placard saying he killed a man in a drunk-driving accident.
The 39-year-old was convicted of DWI in the crash that killed Aaron Coy Pennywell.
Giacona s van crashed into the 20-year-old s Mustang at the intersection of Huffmeister and Spring Cypress in April of last year.
The sign reads, I killed Aaron Pennywell while driving drunk. Giacona will have to wear the placard for four consecutive Saturdays, starting this weekend.
I loved it because that way he has to show more accountability for what he does and have to let other people know what drunk driving does, said Pam Lewandowski, a friend of the Pennywells.
Aaron s mother, Kaye Pennywell, says she will come out over the weekend to see if Giacona actually follows the judge s orders. She says it has been the most difficult year of her life.
Not seeing his smiling face... his brother... not being there for his brother, said Pennywell.