DUI Driver Speaks to Students on Dangers of Drinking and Driving

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

A Tallahassee man is still doing time for killing two women in a drunk driving crash back in 2002. But, he's allowed out of prison to speak with teenagers all over Florida about the mistake he hopes no one else will make.

Jefferson County High School students left Wednesday's school program with an inspirational message.

Jefferson County High School Junior Alphonson Footman says,
"I learned that one night of having fun is not worth killing someone and spending the rest of your life in prison for killing someone's loved ones."

In May 2002, Eric Smallridge was driving drunk when he crashed into another car, killing 20-year old Meagan Napier and her best friend Lisa Dickson.

Smallridge says, "My part of it is to show them that the consequences of it can land them in prison for several years and all of their hopes and dreams could all be wiped away by one bad decision."

And though Smallridge is still doing prison time, he's permitted out to join one of the girl's mothers to speak to students all over Florida about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Renee Napier whose daughter was killed in the DUI accident says, "I just needed to get this story out there and try to keep other families from living the nightmare that we've lived through and just try to save lives."

Napier says it's her duty to travel around the state to spread the message about the dangers of drinking and driving - hoping that something like this never happens to anyone else.

Napier goes on to say nothing will bring back the two lives that Smallridge took that night, but they hope young students will think twice before they get behind the wheel after drinking.

Kahdesjah Morton, Jefferson County High School Senior says, "It was inspirational to hear his story from a person who witnessed the situation first-hand in killing two people and being able to testify about it, it was inspirational."

For more information about having Renee Napier or Eric Smallridge speak at your school or college, log on to http://themeagannapierfoundation.com/index.php


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