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Family urges sober driving as patrols increase – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-11-27 01:38:59 –

Colorado Springs, Colorado — When Dawn Cortez publicly talks about the death of his son Donnie, she brings his shoes. He left them in her house before going out with friends that fateful night, and she couldn’t take herself to get rid of them.

“They were still tied the way they left, and they sat there for about a year or so,” she said. “He left them there, so we left them there.”

Donnie died in June 2003. He was 24 years old. Dawn said he and his two friends were heading home from the nightclub and were four blocks away from his home when the car rolled.

“They weren’t wearing seat belts, and Donnie flew over 100, about 120 feet from the crash,” Cortez said. “So Donnie’s body wasn’t found for 45 minutes after the crash.”

The pain of that loss never goes away.

“We are still saddening him. As a mom, I think he will be saddened for the rest of my life,” she said.

Families in southern Colorado continue to experience the same heartache of losing their loved ones every year from drunk driving. Master Trooper Gary Cutler of the Colorado Patrol said more than 590 people were killed in a car accident in 2021 in 2021.

About 104 law enforcement agencies in Colorado
Additional soldiers, officers, and agents on patrol this weekend to seek out and arrest drivers with disabilities.

“When you have a disability, you don’t stay in the lane. When you don’t stay in the lane, you hurt someone,” says Cutler.

“So we’re really looking for it, and we’re really cracking down on that particular thing this year. If you see you getting out of your lane, we’ll contact you . “

Cortez joined the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers a year after Donnie’s death. She says it helped to share his story.

“My Donnie always brought roses for my birthday and Mother’s Day, so I recommend going buy roses for someone,” she said.

“Hopefully I will touch that one life they will remember my story.”



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