'You don’t ever get over that': The deadly consequences of driving under the influence
Kim Ledford smiles as she talks about her son. Dustin was a 24-year-old full of life and a passion for baseball.
But her smile fades as she remembers the night of July 9th, 2010 and the call from a police officer.
“He told me that he was sorry, but our son had succumbed to his injuries from an automobile crash.”
Ledford says Dustin left a friend’s house around midnight. He was traveling on the bypass around Cleveland when a woman driving the wrong way slammed into his car. That woman had a blood alcohol content of .24. Methamphetamine was also in her system.
“It’s been 8 years, and people would say it’s time to get over it. But you don’t ever get over that,” said Ledford. “You don’t ever get over the death of a child. There are times it feels like it happened yesterday.”
The woman who hit Dustin had a blood alcohol content three times over the legal limit.
So, what does that level of intoxication look like behind the wheel? We went to the Knoxville Police Department’s training facility to find out.
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