She stood outside of the bars holding this sign.
I know someone whose father was killed in a drunk driving crash. On the second anniversary of his passing, she wanted to honor his memory by offering a free ride home to strangers who have been drinking. I was just the driver.
She didn’t really say much.
People just read the sign. A lot of them said it was “too long; didn’t read” so they just laughed and walked along. They didn’t mean any harm by it. Those who actually read it often had questions.
The first person to take up the offer was 18.
A guy asked us to get his (very drunk) brother home. We didn’t know his age until we were already on the way. He lived with his parents in an extremely wealthy neighborhood about 25 minutes from the bar. Angela made sure he got into his house OK.
Carissa and Mike
These were our last passengers. Carissa’s family had been affected by addiction. She said that someone in her family could have easily killed someone while drunk driving and was lucky that they never did. Carissa actually attended a funeral that morning. We didn’t ask what happened. I think Mike was her boyfriend, but I never asked about that either.
That is how I know Angela. The drunk driver’s name was Matthew Cordle. He came to me as a stranger and asked me to help him. I didn’t know him or Angela before that, but I know them both now.
We asked them to make a promise to never drink and drive. I have to ask you to do the same.
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