Nearly every day here in Oklahoma we pick up the newspaper or check out our news feed to see another article about someone killed in a car crash. After a while, the stories have less impact. We start to become numb to them; to the human beings who lived full lives and had families before they were snuffed out by a drunk driver.
For the family of a man who was killed by a suspected drunk driver in Oklahoma City, the pain is all too real. The 64-year-old man was a father to seven children including one decorated army veteran. He'd been married to his beloved wife for 36 years and had been a teacher at a local high school for two decades. Before teaching, he served 22 years in the Army after graduating from West Point.
The last thing his daughter said to him was, "Goodnight, Daddy. I love you." Not long after, emergency crews responded to an accident on Highway 81 and were tasked with the job of telling his wife and children he had been taken from them.
No amount of compensation can bring back the victim and no jury award will ever be able to alleviate the pain this family is feeling. But compensation can take care of the medical bills, the funeral costs and the lost wages. A jury award can see that justice was done and send a message that drunk driving cannot be tolerated on our roads.
If you've lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, an attorney may be able to help you get the financial compensation you deserve.
Source: news9.com, "Oklahoma Family Mourns Man Killed In Head-On Crash," February 20, 2017