Thursday, June 24, 2010

In Memory of my brother, Guy Roger Winkle, Please Don't Drink and Drive

This coming Saturday would have been my brother's 57th birthday.  But, 40 years ago, at age 17, he was killed by a drunk driver on his way home from a date.  I was 14 at the time and my entire family was devastated, as you can imagine. 

He was a good kid who had gone out with his church youth group the previous week to visit an alcoholic and encourage him in his recovery.  Then, the same week, he became a victim of a woman who was leaving the Post Time Lounge on 17-92 at Dog Track Road in Longwood, Florida

The drunk woman crossed both lanes of traffic headed south, then crossed the median and rammed into the side of his car after crossing another two lanes of traffic which were headed north.  That's pretty looped.   

It is sad to know that the woman who killed my brother had killed two previous people from driving drunk.  She managed to get off scott free.  While she has walked away free, to repeat her bad choice and potentially to ruin the lives of countless others, our family has suffered a great loss that has never gone away. 

Please, don't drive drunk.  And, if you can help it, don't let your friends drive drunk either.  Save a life. 
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