It’s easy to become desensitized to stories about drunk driving crashes you see on TV or read about on the news. They happen too frequently for people to be surprised when someone else makes the choice to drink and drive again, although each and every crash is unique in that someone’s loved one gets injured or, worse, won’t be coming home that night.
But sometimes there’s a crash that catches your attention, if only because the details are enough to shock you out of the mind-set that drunk driving crashes aren’t a big deal. One such crash happened in Surrey, British Columbia a few weeks ago, and the tragic irony really can’t be lost on anyone.
Six years ago on May 3rd, Kassandra Kaulius was driving home from a baseball practice on 64th avenue in Surrey when she was struck by a drunk driver. Tragically she died from her injuries, and her family has been anti-drunk driving advocates ever since. In her honor her mother started an organization called Families for Justice.
Six years later on May 3rd, on the same road in Surrey at almost the exact same time, a young soccer player named Travis Selje was driving home from soccer practice when he was involved in a crash. Police have detained a young woman who they feel is responsible, and they also suspect that drugs or alcohol may be involved.
Just like Kassandra, Travis was an athlete with a bright future, and just like Kassandra, he may have died because someone made the choice to drink and drive. That’s a horrible reality to accept for any family, and it’s even more shocking when you realize that two young people with everything to live for lost their future on the same street and almost in the same spot.
Until people stop making the choice to drink and drive, there will always be drunk driving crashes like these, but maybe the circumstances and similarities of these two crashes will make people pay attention, and maybe it will make them think twice about drinking and driving.