SAN DIEGO, California — They were mothers, daughters, fathers and sons. Some were former Cub Scouts. Others had recently been married or had just welcomed their first child into the world. Some were police officers just doing their jobs.
None of them expected to became victims of car crashes, caused by careless drunk drivers. Many of these drunk drivers were people who should never have been behind the wheel of a car. Some were unlicensed. Others were too young to drink in the first place. Many had been out drinking and driving many times before the crash. Indeed, if it were not for their senseless acts, none of these mothers, brothers, sisters, and friends would have been here today to walk and honor the victims of these drivers.
Hundreds of family, friends and coworkers gathered Saturday morning at the annual Walk LIke MADD 5K walk and fundraiser at the NTC Park on Cushing Road. They were here because they don’t want to ever forget their loved ones. They want to share their stories with others who like them have suffered an unimaginable loss. They also are here because they haven’t given up hope and they want to finally put an end to drunk driving.
“Prevention is the key to putting an end to drunk driving,” said Attorney West Thomas. “No one should have to die because of a drunk driver. Call and report anyone you think is driving drunk. Stop you friends from getting behind the wheel if you suspect they have been drinking. Everyone should do their part.”
Photographs of those being honored — including one young man pictured with his wife on their wedding day — graced the backs of dozens of walkers. A Victim’s Tribute booth also featured posters of those lost. Tributes to who they were. Retelling the story of their lives and sharing memories.
“It’s all about supporting these families and raising money to help others who are touched by future tragedies,” Thomas said. “Many of my clients are victims of drunk drivers or have lost a loved one due to this criminal act. Mothers Against Drunk Driving steps in to help those victims and their families after a tragic accident.”
The event featured various booths including a California Highway Patrol, SWAT displays and a K-9 police dog demonstration, kids booths and radio personalities.
The Thomas Law Firm would like to donate an extra gift to the help MADD with its mission of providing services to victims and their families. The personal injury law firm has extended its offer to donate $1 for every like received on the Thomas Law Firm Facebook page.