First there’s the crash, then the lifelong impact.
Last year, MADD provided more than 160,000 supportive services to drunk and drugged driving victims to help them cope with the devastating impact of substance-impaired driving crashes. In North Carolina, we have trained victim advocates who can help bereaved families and injured victims survive and thrive after the crash.
Until we reach a day of No More Victims, MADD will be here to support victims like Victoria Carrouthers – Rhonda’s mom.
Rhonda was born on a warm day on May 8, 1984, in Charlotte. She was the only child and first grandchild and niece in the family. She was a happy and active child. Rhonda was given many nicknames by family and close friends growing up such as "Bug", “Tootie”, "Tootie-Rue" and "Runt" among others. She was a very happy and energetic child who always had a smile on her face. Because of her loving spirit, she always made you know, not feel, that she was glad to see you.
Rhonda graduated from East Mecklenburg High School in 2000 where she was a member of the marching band. Her goal was to become a psychologist. She always took the time to listen to others and quite often gave advice to her friends and acquaintances. She began working toward that goal by attending Brookstone College in 2003 where she was studying to be a nurse.
Rhonda was always a happy person and enjoyed doing for others. She always had a smile that would brighten up any room and was very contagious. That smile was passed on to her daughter, Angel. She cherished the time that she spent with family and close friends. She enjoyed dancing, fishing, shopping, reading, writing poetry, and the beach. If you wanted to get close to her heart, just feed her some good ole' country style macaroni and cheese. That was her favorite food.
Rhonda leaves behind a 10 year old daughter, Angel. When she brought Angel into this world it was one of the most exciting things that had ever happened to her. Rhonda was excited about her daughter as she excelled in school and was becoming a wonderful dancer. She will now miss out on the best years of her daughter’s life because her life was taken away too soon. At just 28 years of age, Miss Rhonda Jeanette Williamson's journey here on earth ended Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC due to injuries of a tragic crash caused by a drunk driver. A crash that was 100 percent preventable.
We can't thank Rhonda's mom enough for sharing her story. She's given her daugther a voice in hopes of preventing other families from experiencing this type of tragedy. MADD will continue to be here for Rhonda's family and others by providing free victim services statewide. We can help victim/survivors by:
- Providing emotional support
- Providing advocacy in the criminal and civil justice systems
- Accompanying victims/survivors to court
- Assisting in preparing a victim impact statement
- Referring victims/survivors to appropriate resources for additional help
- Offering support groups
- Connecting victims/survivors who share similar experiences
- Providing supportive materials on victimization topics
To be put in touch with a MADD Victim Advocate in your area or if you need to speak with someone as soon as possible, call MADD's Victim/Survivor Help Line at 1-877-MADD-HELP (877-623-3435) or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join Rhonda's mom by sharing your personal story, email us at email@example.com.