A local family reliving their daughter’s death after she was killed by a drunk driver eight months ago, and now asking the community to create change.
“It brought everything back to that day of ours,” Brett Parker said about his daughter Brooke. “It was tough. I was pretty much sick to my stomach, and I can’t believe this happened again. It’s just been a few months, and we’re already there again.”
A car crash took the life of an 18-year-old man when another driver was traveling against traffic on the South Loop early Thursday morning.
“Somebody else got that call last night,” Brett said. “To go through what we went through, the sadness, the shock, just trying to figure out why this happened, why something senseless like this keeps happening.”
Going through a similar tragedy, the driver who hit Brooke’s car was driving while intoxicated on November 5. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The sad thing is these kids are going to have to live the rest of their lives knowing they killed somebody, they took somebody’s life because they didn’t take the time to think about what they were doing when they got behind that wheel,” Brett said.
As Brett and his wife, Brandi, raise their teenage daughter Brylee, they said she has already learned a hard lesson about the dangers on the road.
“It’s just kind of scary knowing that people are out there doing dumb stuff like this,” Brooke’s sister Brylee said. “Why would you do something like that knowing that you do have a chance of hurting somebody? What we’ve been through, how much it hurt us and if they have ever lost someone even if they weren’t that close to them it still hurts losing someone. So why would they want to put someone else through that, knowing they can kill themselves as well.”
The Parkers have created a scholarship in honor of their daughter to honor her memory and advocate for this cause.
The next fundraiser will be held at Cook’s Garage on August 12 at 9:30 p.m. featuring Shotgun Rider band.