Cathy Fejt: What will stop drinking and driving?

— Dear Editor;

My son, David Kim Johnston, was one of the three men killed in the car accident on June 1, 2007, at the Sandrocks.

As a result of this accident, five children, one of which is my 4-year-old granddaughter, are now without their dads. Three young men will not be here to see their children grow up and to give them the love and guidance that is needed now and in the years to come.

Yes. Alcohol was a contributing factor in their deaths. My hope is that this senseless tragedy can save someone else from following in their footsteps. Although I am only discouraged every time I open a paper and more alcohol-related death and injury are being reported.

What will it take to make this stop?

My advice to anyone who plans to drink and get behind the wheel of a vehicle, or to ride with anyone under the influence of alcohol: Stop and think about what you are doing, think about your children and families and the grief and emptiness your death will provide them with.

Since drinking establishments in our area seem not to have a conscience or a responsibility toward their patrons to stop serving them alcoholic beverages when it is evident they have had enough, call a friend, a taxi or walk so you can wake up the next day and continue your life, making new memories and seeing your children grow up.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Craig Police Department and Fire and Rescue that responded so quickly to the accident.

A very special thank you to Sherri, Trenton and Bradon Moya for calling 911 and the help offered at the scene of the accident. For your prayers, shared grief and sharing with me your fond memories of David.

Loren and Helen Baysinger for their prayers, words of comfort, shared grief, encouragement, spiritual guidance, love and support. The wonderful meal that you lovingly prepared and brought for our family. The comforting Memorial Service Loren gave for David and the prayer at the cemetery.

To Mary Jo Checketts and Scottie McMurtry for their continued prayers, love, support and "just being there."

To Katie Husband and Rose Wagner for bringing pictures that you had of David to share with us.

To the families of Waylon Owens-Plantico for being there for us even in your time of loss, grief and sorrow. We share your grief just as you share ours.

To Corky Green for his words of encouragement and being there for us during his time of loss.

To Owen Grant and Judy Bingham for their kindness and support in helping us through this very difficult time.

Thank you to everyone that called, came to our home, prepared food or sent flowers, cards and money.

Words cannot express the gratitude that we feel and how thankful we are for each and every one of you. Your kindness will always be remembered.

Sincerely.

Cathy Fejt

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