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Impaired driving checkpoint to be held in honor of man killed by suspected drunk driver

Rickey Lee Smith was killed in a crash May 6, 2016 in Oklahoma City. (KOKH)

The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office will be holding an impaired driving checkpoint in honor of a metro man killed by an alleged drunk driver.

It's been a year since the Oklahoma City native, and American Idol Finalist, was killed by a suspected drunk driver May 6, 2016. Gerardo Cerda Jr., 27, faces a first degree manslaughter charge in connection to the crash.

Rickey's mother, Delores Moore, told FOX 25 it's been a big loss for her family.

"We are going through the grieving process and it doesn't get any easier," Moore said.

Last Saturday marked a year since she lost her son to a fatal accident on I-240.

"You don't think that it's normal that your children leave the world before you do," Moore said. "It's hard to explain."

Moore said there isn't a day that goes by without her thinking about the American Idol star. She wants her 3-year-old granddaughter to always remember him as a brother, a son and a father.

"She knows her daddy, she absolutely loves her daddy," Moore said. "And she'll walk through the house and kiss every picture with Rickey in it and say, that's my daddy and he's an angel."

Rickey's uncle, Robert Johnson, said it's tough to forgive Cerda, who's accused of taking his nephew's life.

"Part of that grieving process is forgiveness. So you try to forgive that individual that did the act, but at the same time, you want that individual to be held accountable," Johnson said.

Cerda still has court hearings for this case, which Smith's family said they'll attend, but right now they're trying to take it day by day.

"If Rickey was here, he would have forgiven him," Moore said.

Authorities report that the checkpoint will be held from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. May 12 and 13.

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