“My Life Sentence”
My name is Vernon Hilyer aka: Brandon’s Dad. I share a true life story about my son’s fight with alcohol and the effects his choices had on everyone who knew and loved him. My son Brandon was an outstanding all-American kid that was full of life, but alcohol impaired his control and eventually robbed him of life. N
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Presently 25,000 people are killed each year in alcohol related accidents.
One American life is lost every 30 minutes in alcohol related auto crashes.
It is estimated that one out of every two Americans will be involved in an alcohol related accident in his or her lifetime.
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• Alcohol is a factor in almost half of all traffic fatalities
• Every other minute a person is seriously injured in an alcohol related crash
• Teenage drivers are at a higher risk to be involved in a drinking and driving accident
• At the point when you have reached a six pack, your chances of being in a drunk driving accident are up to 44%.
My name is Vernon Hilyer aka: Brandon’s Dad. I share a true life story about my son’s fight with alcohol and the effects his choices had on everyone who knew and loved him. My son Brandon was an outstanding all-American kid that was full of life, but alcohol impaired his control and eventually robbed him of life. Now I serve a "Life Sentence" due to his drinking and driving. My Life Sentence is not one behind bars but a life full of sadness and emptiness. I share many things about his drinking world, both in high school and in college that most can relate to. My true-life story has had a life changing effect on many people. As you look through this site, think to yourself how this will impact your students. Working together we can save one more life.
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And not only how it effects you, but how it effects everyone around you..Forever
If a Police officer pulls you over for suspicion of DUI, You need to
thank them for possibly saving your life.
It's a phase; Most kids grow out of it,
Brandon will never see 22.
Think of your Mom and Dad,
What will they do when the police knock on their door?
Once Alcohol becomes important to you, it becomes important to have
The bar tender said, "When he left the bar he was fine." She was
the last one to see him alive.
We headed home to make arraignments to bury my son, my Drunk Driver
It was 8:00 in the morning and our lives have changed forever.
Please don't Drink, and definitely don't Drink and Drive.
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Can you imagine the damage done by this girl if she had hit anyone while driving the wrong way on I-80? Not only she was on the 2 lane highway but it says she was driving in the restricted lane of travel too.
The story also states that she caused a Tractor Trailer to overturn which I would think the Truck driver put their life at risk to save hers.
This article does not post the time of the incident but does say it happened on SaturdayJuly 29.
I can only hope the bail set only at $1000 by our local Magisterate was a misprint !
In my mind she has had her license taken already. Why do people contine to put others at risk even after they are instructed that they are no longer permitted to drive? Alcohol.
Alcohol allows people to make terrible choices they wouldn't normally make while sober.
Friends, I am asking you to help me. I need all of you to talk to your friends. Get them to understand that they need to put a plan in place before going to a bar, a wedding reception, birthday party, or even just an out back cookout if there will be Alcohol there and they plan on Drinking. How many more people need to die before people start to understand that Drinking and Driving changes many lives forever.
Remind your friends, Please Don't Drink and Drive.
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Here is a follow up to a story I posted on May 5. The driver of this car has connection to my home town. The sadest part is these 4 boys involved were most likely present in my prevention program in the Oil City High School in May of 2016.
How many crashes does it take for kids to understand that Alcohol and Driving under the influence doesn't mix. In the news article it says he said he was driving around 40 mile an hour and saw his phone lite up. When he looked at his phone he crashed. The sad part is, he chose to drive while under the influence. One of his friends have died as a result.
This young man was driving with a BAC of .037. Many people will think That isn't against the law. Yes it is. As a minor you are allowed .02.
Here is the point I am trying to make to all of my friends. Please understand how fast your life can change when you drink alcohol and attempt to operate any motorized vehicle. This young man's life will be changed forever all over one night of consuming Alcohol. As the paper reads he has been charged with Homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence along with 2 counts of aggravated assult while driving under the influence and a few other charges. He has been released to the family on a $50,000 bail.
Wow. Want to destroy you life? I am sure he didn't plan on it and neither do you.
I know this young man's grandmother personally and I am sad for all of them. The sad part is this guy will have to live the rest of his life remembering the bad choice he made.
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