Christmas decorations are sparse inside Erin Agagee’s home this year.
“We haven’t had time to put up Christmas trees and decorations,” Erin said. “We did put some beads on a big plant that we have and a little star at the top.”
Erin’s home is still decorated – just with pictures and memories.
“Everybody has a favorite picture of Dalton,” Erin said with a laugh.
Pictures of Dalton McCreary cover a table in the family room. Erin’s favorite is one of Dalton dressed as a rodeo clown for Halloween. Bradi McCreary likes the one printed on her shirt.
“Really good picture of him with a big smile,” Bradi said, looking down at her t-shirt. “Typical Dalton smile.”
Bradi still lights up talking about the son she lost.
“He just was the most amazing person,” she said. “But of course, I’m mom,” she smiled.
Dalton’s Aunt Erin saw it, too.
“He always cared about everybody else. Always put everybody first,” she said.
On August 21st, Dalton McCreary, 22, and his friend crossed the street as a suspected drunk driver sped through a red light at S. Chambers Road and E. Iliff Avenue in Aurora. The driver lost control of his car and hit Dalton. Dalton managed to push his friend out of the way just in time.
“He did. He saved his friend,” Erin said. “He pushed him.”
This is the story Dalton’s family tells and wants to remember as they wait for justice.
“It’s like something crushing on your chest it feels like – waiting in anticipating,” Bradi said.
On Tuesday, jurors will begin deliberating in the case against the driver accused of hitting Dalton, Christopher Tarr.
Tarr was arrested in August and initially charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. In the past, he’s been convicted of reckless driving and DUI.
Last week, Dalton’s family sat through Tarr’s trial. They expect to be in the courtroom Tuesday morning as well.
“You know, you feel like you’ve ran a marathon emotionally,” Erin said.
“Right now, I’m finding strength in my family,” Bradi said.
No matter the verdict, the sisters will cherish the memories they keep of their loved one.
“I don’t want to spend my memories of [Dalton} in tears because that wasn’t him,” Erin said. “He was happy and he was full of life and that’s how I want to remember him.”
Christopher Tarr is due in Arapahoe County court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.