Candlelight Vigil Honors Drunk Driving Victims

By: Angela Salerno Email
By: Angela Salerno Email

Sunday evening, candles lit the sky at the Goodwood Museum, honoring the thousands killed.

Names were read aloud of those killed in drunk driving related accidents, and candlelight filled the sky with a warm glow.

Gail Conner remembers her daughter who was killed by a drunk driver.

"It's really healing to meet other people who have lost loved ones, you get to share and talk it's just a very healing time."

Members of MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, say the candlelight vigil is a time for remembrance and hope.

Kristen Allen is the Service Manager for MADD and said, "It gives them a venue or forum to share their story, to share their loved ones with the rest of the people who have had a similar circumstance."

Five special candles were lit representing grief, courage, memories, love and hope.

Dottie Kinsey's son was killed and lit the Candle of Courage.

"To be able to light the candle, I am lighting it for courage, the courage people take to go on with their life," said Kinsey.

By the time the two-hour vigil was over, four people will have died in an accident involving drunk driving. They are numbing statistics that change thousands of lives forever.

"My life has changed forever. My husband and I lost a child; it's forever changed."

Members of MADD say with prom season underway parents should speak to their children about the tragic repercussions of drinking and driving.


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