MADD holds vigil for families of victims and survivors

COLUMBUS, Ga. – 366 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in Georgia last year according to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving.  Georgia MADD hosted a candlelight vigil in Columbus for the families of victims and survivors.

Cassandra Kitchens lot her son, Ayden, last December just days before Christmas.

“A woman decided to do drugs and drink and stole the car naked hitting us and it took my son’s life instantly,” Kitchens explained.

She hopes to use her experience to prevent this from happening to other families.

“He was only seven years old and if I can help stop a drunk driver, I will try my best to even if I have to stop on the side of the road to help,” Kitchens said.

Lisa Gilmer lost her 16-year-old daughter, Hannah, in a drunk driving accident in 2012.

“We miss her everyday.  Our lives have changed completely,” Gilmer said.

Kitchens surrounds herself with the support of others to get her through this difficult time.

“If it wasn’t for Jesus and my church, I wouldn’t be able to.  I know my son is okay and up in heaven,” she said.

MADD is hosting a victim impact panel Tuesday at the Columbus Citizens Service Center until 8 p.m.  Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.

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