Convicted drunk driver speaks out

September 28, 2009 9:12:35 PM PDT
A convicted drunk driver is speaking out after being out of prison for just a few months.Tolly Carr was a television news anchor when he drove drunk and killed a pedestrian in Winston-Salem two years ago.

On Monday, he spoke to a group of more than 30 people who have been convicted of driving drunk, in the hopes they won't make the same deadly mistake.

"I made bad decisions," Carr said. "I made irresponsible choices and I should have been the one to suffer the ultimate consequence but it didn't turn out that way."

In 2007, Carr got in his truck after a night of bar-hopping and hit and killed 26-year-old Casey Bokhoven.

"You're just out, you and your buddies having a good time, or whatever the case may be and you just think, well I'm just going home. I'll be fine, I'm ok. It won't happen to me," Carr said. "It might happen to the next guy, but it won't happen to me and it's just a mind set of thinking that things just won't happen to you."

Carr is sharing his story with others around the area as part of his community service.

"To know that you're responsible for someone, a mother that lost her son, a father that lost their son, a brother that lost his best friend and his brother, I mean it's very hard to deal with," he said.

But it's even harder for the families who've lost loved ones to drunk drivers, like Calvin Parrott whose sister was killed in 2005. He said he welcomes Carr or anyone who can get through to those listening.

"I think anything that he could say, hopefully would help," Parrott said. "Because it seems like we're fighting a losing battle right now."

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