A car is touring area schools to give a powerful messageFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Sometimes, words are not enough. And in the case of drunk driving, and a family lost too soon, it is "the car."
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Sometimes, words are not enough. And in the case of drunk driving, and a family lost too soon, it is "the car."
Today, law enforcement, Triple-A, and members of the Deutscher family, unveiled the car from that deadly June day in 2012.
When Wyatt Klein drove drunk the wrong way down I-94 and crashed into the Deutschers, he killed three, and and unborn baby. Klein also died.
The car is now touring area schools.
Robyn Litke Sall- Safe Communities Coalition: "This is a senseless, preventable tragedy."
There is something so unsettling, disturbing about this, and that is exactly what relatives of the Deutschers and law enforcement hope you feel when you see what is left of the car. So crushed, it looked like an accordion. The car that Aaron, Allison, Brielle and unborn baby Deutscher died in--when a drunk driver crashed head on into them. Brielle's crushed car seat, still in the suv. Her grandpa Lynn Mickeslon drove up today, and saw this car, even though he'd seen it before.
Lynn Mickelson- Allison's Father: "I choked up today, when I drove up here today and looked at it, I did."
The mobile unit, which AAA helped fund, will now hit area high schools, bringing with it, a sobering message.
Sall: "In ND in 2012, there were 77 crashes that ended 87 lives."
And the family hopes that as this trailer makes its way down the highway to area schools, people will notice this on the side of the trailer what the drunk driver consumed that night, before getting in the car and what the end result was.
Mickelson: "Makes me sick, makes me sick that it is still happening, people are not getting the message."
It is just a car. But the message is powerful. In a split second, lives lost senselessly, and loved ones now left to carry on their story in hopes someone will listen, enough to save a life.
Area schools are being urged to work with police to get the mobile car display to their town.