PLEASANTON (KRON)—Dozens of households who misplaced a liked one to a drunk driver gathered for a vigil.
KRON four’S Ella Sogomonian stories in Pleasanton the place she met the household of younger boy Elijah Dunn who was tragically killed final summer time on the 680 freeway.
It was an evening of tears and tight hugs on the 4 Factors in Pleasanton.
Households like mother Paula Baxter got here to recollect a liked one misplaced to an impaired driver.
“I need to honor her and keep in mind her by being right here,” Baxter stated.
It’s been eight years with out her daughter Vanessa Hurtado who left behind a bit woman.
“You’ll be able to all the time really feel the vacancy,” Baxter stated. “In my household now that Vanessa is gone, it has introduced an incredible quantity of unhappiness to us.”
One after the other, 113 names have been referred to as out in reminiscence of every Bay Space individual killed by a driver beneath the affect prior to now decade.
Households together with California Freeway Patrol members of the Golden Gate division gathered in reminiscence of the victims.
For Eric Dunn, it’s a brand new expertise to attempt to heal after his son three-yr-previous Elijah Dunn was killed in a automotive crash on northbound Freeway 680 final fall.
“It modifications your life endlessly,” Dunn stated. “Someday you’ll have your child there, or a member of the family, a liked one and after a serious accident they’re taken away. Your life is completely modified within the blink of an eye fixed.”
A second Elijah’s brother Eric Dunn , Jr.says could make day by day a wrestle. That set off is so simple as a track can convey again the ache.
“My life has modified by all of the actions that I do,” Eric Dunn Jr. stated. “Whether or not I’m at college and I can’t concentrate on work as a result of that’s all I take into consideration. Whether or not it’s music on the radio that simply makes me really feel emotional.”
M.A.D.D. is an sadly rising group that with occasions like this helps households cope.