Last weekend, St. Louis families gathered to honor the memories of their loved ones who were killed by drunk drivers and to bring attention to the deadly problem.
The candlelight vigil, sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving Gateway Affiliate, was held at Kirkwood United Methodist Church on Dec. 6.
Brian Buccholz lost his stepdaughter, Nicole Allen, 21 in a drunk driving accident. A junior at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Allen was a passenger in a car that was stopped at a red light when another vehicle rammed into it. The driver of the other car had a blood-alcohol level of 0.24 percent – three times the legal limit.
Buccholz told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the vigil was an important part of the grieving process for his family: “You need a place to be sad. You need to be around people who have been through what you’ve been through.”
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