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Posted by kathy parkison:

MY YOUNGEST SON AND HIS GIRLFRIEND JILL WERE KILLED IN A FIREY CRASH BY A DRUNK DRIVER. MY SON HAD JUST GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE AND JILL WAS A SECOND YEAR NURSING STUDENT AT ASU. WE HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING TO FIND A WAY TO LIVE LIFE AGAIN IT JUST SEEMS SO IMPOSSIBLE. THE DRUNK DRIVER WAS SENTENCED TO 26 YRS IN PRISON 13 YRS FOR EACH LIFE IT DOES NOT SEEM ENOUGH MY SON, EVAN AND JILL WERE GIVEN A DEATH SENTENCE, WHICH IS FOREVER. I AGREE THAT DRUNK DRIVERS SHOULD BE INCARCERATED MUCH LONGER THAN THEY USUALLY GET. ABOUT TWENTY YEARS AGO A DRUNK DRIVER WENT OFF THE ROAD AND INTO A CAR PARKED IN A DRIVEWAY WHERE FOUR GIRLS (COUSINS) WAITED TO GO TO A BASEBALL GAME THEY WERE AGED 1,3,11,AND 13 THEY WERE ALL KILLED THEIR KILLER DID TWO YRS IN PRISON WHERE IS THE JUSTICE? I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS
Monday, February 23rd 2009 @ 7:27 AM

Posted by Theresa:

Kathy, I am so deeply sorry to hear about the tragic loss of your precious son and his girlfriend. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for you to move on in life after such a tragedy but I do know that my heart aches so much for you. We aren't supposed to have to bury our children. It just seems completely against the natural order of things. And I do know that when the life of someone you love is taken by a drunk driver it is so hard to deal with. It's a completely preventable crime that could have been so easily avoided if only the drunk driver had made a responsible choice. The senselessness of the crime makes it almost to much to accept. I also firmly believe that those who serve a drunk driver and help them get overly intoxicated bear some responsibility as well when they let them walk out the door, get into their vehicle and drive away knowing they are putting everyone on the roadways lives at risk. You are right that a 26 yr. prison sentence is not near enough for 2 lives. Makes you wonder how it's decided that a life is only worth 13 yrs. We've got to get it across to our Lawmakers and the Judicial System that this is a very serious violent crime. It is not an accident and the drunk driver is not some poor unfortunate victim of circumstances beyond their control. They chose to drink and drive. They chose to break the law. And they chose to put everyone else at risk by doing so. They have committed murder pure and simple and should be prosecuted as such. How horrible that the person who murdered your 4 very young cousins was only sentenced to 2 yrs. in prison. There is no justice in that and there is no justice in the lax sentence the person who murdered your precious son and his girlfriend. This crime is horrible enough but when a young life is taken such as your child, his girlfriend or your 4 young cousins when they should have had so much life left to live it is especially heinous. My thoughts are with you and your family and I pr
Thursday, March 5th 2009 @ 3:28 AM

Posted by Theresa:

and I pray that you will find a way to pick up the pieces and live your life again. Thank you for your kind words and thank you for sharing your story. Sincerely, Theresa
Thursday, March 5th 2009 @ 3:29 AM

Posted by missyka_08:

Theresa,
First of all, I am so very sorry for your loss. I can't even begin to imagine what it would feel like to lose someone that close to you that tragically. The idea that people are, everyday, going out on the roads and driving after they have been drinking absolutely infuriates me! With that being said, I am attending college at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO, and am currently in a Drug/Alcohol abuse class. I am beginning a presentation that is trying to send a message about drunk driving. I have found your story, and was wondering if you would mind me using it. If not that is completely understandable, but please know that it is strictly to try and warn against driving under the influence. I feel that people should not only see the stories about victims who have lost their lives, but the stories about people who have survived and been seriously injured, and even the people who have survived while someone they love hasn't. I believe that your story can touch many people, and I would love to be able to use it. But please, if you would like me not to, just let me know! I would never want to use this without your permission.

Thank you so much either way!

In Christ,
missyka_08
Thursday, September 3rd 2009 @ 9:40 PM

Posted by Theresa:

Miska, If it's not to late for your presentation then yes you may use our tragedy to help get the message across to anyone and everyone who will listen that drinking and driving can kill.
Monday, September 21st 2009 @ 2:14 AM

Posted by Carrie:

Theresa,
I just stumbled onto your website. My son, Todd, was killed in 1997 by a drunk driver. Todd was 22 and got into the car with three other boys around the same age. Only the driver was drunk. My son was in the front with the driver, his friend. The two other boys didn't know the driver. They said he (the driver) walked to the car straight as an arrow. Little did they know that he was over the limit (.16) He started speeding and driving crazy and everyone in the car started screaming for him to slow down. He then slammed into a tree. My son died the next day of severe head trauma, another boy is a quadriplegic, and the third boy has suffered from post traumatic stress syndrome. In 2004, we reluctantly agreed to a plea bargain because the driver had suffered TBI, and was deemed incompetent to stand trial. I KNOW he was not incompetent. He lives in my area where he has been a Personal Trainer for the last several years (!) and has violated probation since 2004 until he was finally arrested recently. Actually, he has been arrested in three different counties since Nov. 2008. He goes for his VOP hearing in Orlando, FL on Oct. 29th. We are tired of the Orlando system that has been so lenient. He was an alcholic when the "crash" happened (it was not an accident!)So for twelve years he has continued his addictions, so can you imagine what a timebomb he is? In 2004, I forgave him and asked him to get TREATMENT and live a clean life, do some good, and do it in memory of my son...his friend. I am done...I want him to go to prison so that others can be safe (from him)! He has never been made accountable by the Orlando courts. They have handled his VOP in a sloppy manner. I am furious with them and am not being patient anymore. My Victim's Advocate is awesome, and has been very upset about the way this case has been handled. We are screaming loud and clear that he has had enough chances. He is a murderer and no one in the system has held him accountable for his violation
Saturday, October 10th 2009 @ 12:32 AM

Posted by missyka_08:

Theresa, Thank you so much for allowing me to use your story. I appreciate your willingness to let this tragedy be used to hopefully bring good.
Wednesday, October 21st 2009 @ 10:09 PM

Posted by Theresa:

Miska, You are most welcome!
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