Drunk driving victim's dad shows impact of wrecks via program

July 3, 2012 3:32:23 AM PDT
This past weekend was a deadly one on a stretch of I-45 in Montgomery County. Five people were killed in less than 48 hours by wrong-way drivers who were allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

The first wreck happened on Friday on I-45 near FM 1488. The second happened just two days later on I-45 near The Woodlands Parkway.

Now, a father whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver is using some scare tactics in hopes of stopping people from getting behind the wheel after drinking.

After the latest accident early Sunday morning, Mark Rodriguez felt compelled to hit the road with a fleet of cars mangled during drunk driving accidents.

Rodriguez is a firefighter for Central Montgomery Fire and Rescue, and since Friday, his department has responded to two fatality accidents reportedly involving alcohol.

But it all hits closer to home than just proximity.

Two and a half years ago, Rodriguez's own 22-year-old daughter, Krysta, was killed by a drunk driver. Since then, he founded Krysta's Karing Angels, a drunk driving awareness program on wheels. He hopes it'll turn heads and change people's minds about drinking and driving.

"We have to stop this. The community needs to get involved to stop this, because if you think it won't happen to you, it will," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez and his colleagues made loops along the feeder road of Interstate 45 North in The Woodlands, hoping to make an impact.

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