By Ashley McBee and Taylor williams
Last Thursday at Brevard High School, Chris Sandy came and shared his experience of drinking and driving. In April of 2000 Chris Sandy was just like any other normal 22 year old kid. He played sports, hung out with his friends, and of course went to parties. At one party in particular he decided to drink more than he should and afterwards decided to drive 77 mph in a 35 mph speed zone, hitting and killing an elderly couple. Chris Sandy speaks nationwide to many different types of people but mostly to the youth. He wants his story to reach everyone so that people not only think of their lives but the lives of the people around them.
Chris Sandy wasn’t the only one to show up at Brevard Last thursday to tell their story. Eric Krug and Jaden Maxwell also came and told the students their stories. Jaden personally wasn’t in a drinking and driving accident but his father was. Before Jaden was born his father was hit by a drunk driver and at the age of 7 became inspired to become a illusionist. Eric Krug had turned 21 on the day of his accident. His friend was driving the car when they passed out at the wheel and hit some of the trees on campus, killing Eric’s teammate and best friend. Eric was in a coma for over a year and woke up not being able to talk anymore. Eric used a Ipad to communicate with the students last thursday.
“Hearing their stories and the decisions they made, made me think about how my future can be changed in a split second”, Junior Ashleigh Kelley said. All of the speakers stories inspired the students at Brevard High School. If you would like to learn more about their stories you can go to their website at http://enduringregret.org/ or read their book called “Enduring Regret:Chris Sandy’s Life After Causing Death”.