Dad's nonprofit keeps daughter's memory alive

September 8, 2012 7:39:14 AM PDT
In 2010, Mark Rodriguez lost his 22-year-old daughter, Krysta. She was killed by someone who was driving while intoxicated in the dark without headlights.

According to Krysta's family, the driver's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. He was sentended to eight years in prison in April 2011.

The tragedy led the victim's father to start an organization named "Krysta's Karing Angels."

The nonprofit's mission is to provide support to families affected by drunk driving. They also take mangled vehicles from DWI crashes to schools, universities and other events to demonstrate that drinking and driving can kill.

Since its inception as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Krysta's Karing Angels has provided financial assistance to families and donated to two scholarship programs where the families lost a loved one to a drunk driver.

Today from 4 to 8pm, the nonprofit will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser called "Krys-Miss in September" at Caliber Collision at Katy Mills Mall on Interstate 10 at Pin Oak Road.

Spaghetti plates with salad, bread and a drink will be sold for $10 to adults and $5 to kids.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Houston Police Department's BAT Van will be there, plus a moonwalk, raffles, crashed cars and more.

For more information about Krysta's Karing Angels, visit www.kristascaringangels.com.


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