Drunken driving victims remembered with 'Tree of Life'


Friday evening, Mothers Against Drunk Driving held a ceremony at the State Capitol and in Cumberland County.

The "Tree of Life" was illuminated to represent the people who died on state roads in 2010.

Steven Robinson lit a candle for his brother killed by a drunk driver 22 years ago. He says it still feels like yesterday.

"It's devastating," said Robinson. "The days we spent together as children playing, even now the memories come back."

In Hope Mills, they lit 41 red lights to symbolize victims of drunk drivers in Cumberland, Sampson and Robeson Counties.

"Drunk driving is not an accident," said MADD's Lisa Vogel. "It's a violent crime that is 100 per cent preventable."

Vickie Keith was nearly killed by a drunk driver in 2003. Her life's never been the same since.

"After the accident, you are fearful to get into a car and it makes you stop and think about what you could have missed," said Keith.

The Tree of Life will remain lit around the clock outside the Hope Mills Police Department through the holidays.

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