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Mother tells story of Iowa boy killed in drunk driving accident

A family has recently been remembering a young boy who was killed in a drunk driving accident. The boy, who was 10 years old at the time, was from Orange City, Iowa. His mother stated that holidays are especially hard since there is no longer the joy that she used to experience, and she has to attempt to smile in spite of how she feels.

However, as hard as this can be to talk about, the mother has said that she really wants to tell the story of what happened to her son. Her goal is to take this event, which is so difficult for her, and turn it into something good.

The boy was actually the passenger in a car that was being driven by a man who was under the influence of alcohol. He lost control while going down the highway, crossed over into the opposite lanes and slammed into another vehicle in a head-on collision. The boy did not make it to the hospital before he passed away.

He left behind a brother and a mother, and they say that their lives will never be the same.

The man who was driving was convicted, and he got a sentence that put him in jail for 15 years. However, the boy's mother says that does not eliminate her own pain, which is why she is sharing his story. She also joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Even if the victim who is in a drunk driving accident is killed, the family that is left behind can still seek compensation after the accident. Some of this could be related to medical costs, for instance, or to the pain and suffering that they had to go through as a result of the loss of their loved one.

Source: KTIV, "Family remembers child killed in drunk driving accident" Kayah Gausman, Apr. 24, 2014

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