Facebook page created to keep drunk driver behind bars

The family of Bill Leaf has launched a Facebook page to try to keep the drunk driver in the crash that killed him behind bars.

Leaf was a local radio reporter for 570 WSYR and filled in as a sports anchor for CBS 5. He was driving down I-81 in January, 2006, when his vehicle was hit head-on by a car driven by Matthew Benedict. Police determined Benedict was driving the wrong way on the highway after drinking at a local bar. They say his blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit.

Benedict was sentenced to 6-12 years in prison for the crime, but this fall, a hearing will be held to determine whether he should be released. Bill's sister, Maria Leaf, has launched a Facebook page to make sure that doesn't happen.

The page, "Honor Bill Leaf. Help Keep a Killer Behind Bars," encourages people to leave comments that will be sent to the parole board when they consider whether to release Benedict.

Maria says the page will be used as an official document, so she is asking people to make sure their comments are relevant and spelled correctly. So far, the page has dozens of "likes," but Maria says it's important to also leave comments that can be used at the hearing. She says anyone can leave comments to support the cause, whether they knew Bill or not.

She says Benedict had an extensive criminal history before the crash that killed her brother, and she believes putting Benedict on the road is a danger to the Central New York community.

To like the page or leave your comments, click here.