Former Inmate Speaks to South Georgia Students

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

"My story is about a bad choice I made 11 years ago," said former inmate/ motivational speaker Chris Sandy.

On April 11, 2000 the life of then 22-year-old Chris Sandy screeched to an abrupt stop.

"I was .14 so I was clearly over the limit," Sandy.

Sandy said after drinking he got behind the wheel headed to a party ... a party he didn't make. Sandy said he was traveling on a dirt road outside of Atlanta in a 35 mph zone driving 40 miles over the limit ... causing him to crash into an oncoming vehicle killing an elderly couple. A story, he now shares with the world.

"His speech really got to me," said Thomas County High School Junior Violet Avedissant.

"Around this time this year we have so many students going to the beach and going to the prom and of course parties after graduation," said Thomas County Sheriff's Deputy John Sellers.

Sellers said during this time it is important for school staff to bring awareness to the issue of drinking and driving, a life changing issue for Sandy. Sandy said because of his "bad decision" he served an 8 1/2 years in prison and since released he is now serving 21 years on probation.

With Spring break around the corner school staff said they hope Sandy's message leaves a lasting impression - Donnitra Gilbert WCTV Eyewitness News Thomasville.

Spring break for students in Thomas County will start Friday April 1 st and classes will resume on April 8th.


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  • by George Location: Tville on Mar 30, 2011 at 03:30 AM
    This is one time "It won't happen to me" slogan is not true. Kids, you need to use common sense.
  • by x-drunk Location: usa on Mar 29, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    yea drinking and driveing is bad news. done it from 1980 until 2000 thank god i dont have to live with knowing i killed someone. like to have killed myself several times. you think you can handle it but you cant. look at all the crosses in the ditches. in the 80's i known personally of 20 bad wrecks and lost 5 friends.in the 80's you could get a dwi and get out of jail he nex day. today you get caught dwi it is alot of misery.when you got a drinking or drug problem you think everyone else is sick. when it is you that is sick. that is the worst thing that a teenager can do is experment with drugs and alchol.
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