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Mother of DUI Victim Talks To Students

Tallahassee, Fla. 3-13-13

Some Tallahassee students got an up-close look at the damage a DUI crash can do.

Renee Napier's daughter Meagan and her friend Lisa Dickson were killed in a car accident on May 11, 2002. Eric Smallridge hit their vehicle and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. They were two 11-year sentences, one for each victim, that would be served at the same time.

Students at Godby High School in Tallahassee listened to Renee talk about how this has changed her family and even got a chance to look at Meagan's car in-person.

Smallridge usually speaks with Napier at these events but could not attend today. Instead a previous speaking engagement was shown of Eric speaking. The two go to schools, churches, colleges and other places to talk about drunk driving. Smallridge was released last year.

Napier has forgiven Smallridge and that was a key point she tried to make to those in attendance.

"I think it's important for people to know that when you forgive someone it's not saying that what they did is okay or that they don't have to have any consequences for hurting you but it's for the person who offers the forgiveness it helps you to heal it's the only way to heal ," said Napier.

Napier will speak at Chiles High School at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Lincoln High School at 1:00 p.m.

For more information on Meagan Napier and Lisa Dickson go to www.duipromise.com or facebook.com/duipromise


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