August 4, 2005--Posted at 10:18 PM CST
JONESBORO--The statistics are sobering. 17,000 people died in alcohol-related crashes last year. But no matter how many times it happens, it always comes down to one family who has lost a loved one. For one local family, it's been a decade of grief.
Pat Jones is a mother, a grandmother and a sister. And with those titles come a lot of days she circles on the calendar. Tomorrow, will be one of sadness and grief. She wonders why her son was taken so young, and with so much ahead of him.
"My husband came home and told me. And my sister came in a told me there was a wreck and my family wasn't home yet. My husband came in right away right behind her and when I saw all of the blood all over him. I knew that something had happened," Pat Jones said.
10 years ago friday, her son Brian was killed. A drunk driver ran a stop sign becoming airborn, ripping his car apart. Brian's dad saw it happen ... He was in the car behind Brian.
Jones said, "It was hard for him to see it. He has never been the same, none of us have been. I said your're lying to me. It was like I couldn't believe it, I denied it. I kept saying it is not true, don't tell me, you are lying to me."
This year, she and her family rented a billboard at the intersection of the accident, a reminder from a family that drinking and driving hurts. I asked her what she would say to the man that killed her son.
"I think I would say I hope that you are sorry. I would want for you to see my son's daughter who has had to grow up without a father. I would like from you to take this and learn from it," Jones said.
For the last 10 years, Pat Jones has been the Craighead County Director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D). She says that she has learned a lot, but she cannot continue on as the Director. She is urging that someone that feels strongly against drunk driving to take her place.