DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. - Family and friends of Elizabeth Braly surrounded a cross in the sand along the beach in Daytona Beach Shores Wednesday evening.
Some cried as they were met with hugs from complete strangers.
"The Bible tells us hate the sin, not the sinner," said Mark Braly, Elizabeth Braly's husband.
They gathered on the spot where Elizabeth Braly, 45, was taking pictures with her son Tuesday night when she was struck and killed
, according to Florida Highway Patrol troopers.
Troopers said Shawn Doolan, 35, drove his car through a beach access ramp gate, over a toll booth and struck Elizabeth Braly.
Elizabeth Braly, the mother of seven, was visiting from North Carolina.
Troopers said Doolan was intoxicated. He's charged with DUI manslaughter, a crime that carries a sentence of up to 15 years behind bars.
State Rep. Dwayne Taylor said he plans to meet with law enforcement and legal experts to see if working on legislation to toughen the DUI laws make sense.
"My personal opinion, we need stiffer penalties," said Taylor.
Doolan didn't say anything to Channel 9 reporters as he left jail Wednesday.
Elizabeth Braly's family and friends said they aren't concerned with Doolan, they were at the beach to comfort each other and to honor a woman they loved.
"It's like I told them over there
and my son, 'You know you're on earth but a vapor, you better love the person you love,'" said Mark Braly.