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By Patricia Voelker They smile with the sun in their faces in that final group photograph. My grandson, Kelly McConnell, is at the center, bearded and broad-shouldered and handsome in his high school graduation gown. He stands between his stepbrothers,...
Submitted by Jessica’s mother, Susan Cannon From the time Jessica was born she was such a joy.  She had a beautiful smile and beautiful brown eyes.  She had the best personality and sense of humor.  Everyone who knew her loved...
Five seconds.  Your life can be forever changed in as little as five seconds.  Shattered…and no matter how hard you try, you can’t put the pieces back together in the same way.  Little pieces of you are lost in the...
Last month, MADD featured Ohio mechanic and businessman Daniel Toops. Click here to read Toops’ story. On Nov. 28, 2013, Toops died in a drunk driving crash. Four other people were in the vehicle that night. Rick Thompson, a friend of...
Daniel was a sweet and compassionate man. He was known for working on trucks, for his natural talent and his skills that grew larger than he could imagine. He was the kind of person that finished whatever he started and...
MADD interviewed Stephen’s dad, Michael DiPatri and his stepmom, Linda DiPatri. Stephen DiPatri: The Adrenaline Junkie Stephen DiPatri lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed taking risks even at a young age. When he saw a warning not to try...
On December 17, 2004, Krystal Foster’s husband Chris and daughter Raven picked her up from work at 10:30 p.m. Thirteen minutes later, they were hit by an underage drunk driver. The driver was high on drugs and had a BAC...
Three days after turning 15, Zach Gonzalez was killed by a drugged driver while riding his bike with his friends. The driver had Valium and cocaine in his system and five cocaine pipes in his vehicle that all tested positive....
On July 9, 2011, 7-year-old Xitclalli “Chilli” Vaszquez spent the day at the mall with her sister, cousin, and aunt. She got her hair cut so that she would look extra pretty for her 8th birthday that was just three...
On August 14, 1997, I was able to witness the birth of my nephew, Damion Michael Henderson. For the next 16 years, 6 months and 23 days, I watched him grow from an infant into a young man. He was...