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Remembering My Father During June

Posted on 19 June 2022 by Monica Zech

In memory – June is a busy and challenging month for me. On June 5, 2022, was the 30th anniversary of my father’s death – the day he was called home to heaven. My dad was a pedestrian when he was struck and killed by a repeat DUI driver. Dad was just 63 years young. It may have been 30 years, but the pain stays with you when his death was 100% preventable. It seems like yesterday, as the saying goes.

The 23-year-old DUI driver had a BAC of .16 – “twice” over the legal limit, and he was driving on a suspended license due to his previous DUIs. The DUI driver went around the car that had stopped for my father, striking and killing him – it was the driver’s 4th DUI arrest – it finally took my father’s life to stop him. Despite the DUI driver’s BAD driving record, he was sentenced to just four years in prison; he was released LESS than a year and a half later.
My father’s death devastated our family, especially me – I was daddy’s girl! He would often tell me how proud he was of me and loved that I spoke to the military on safe driving. Although difficult, I share his loss in my safe driving talks, but I’m comforted by my faith, knowing I’ll see my father again when I’m called home. I also share his loss here on social media, especially before the holidays, hoping to do my part in reducing DUI-related collisions on our roadways.It was the military that brought my dad to San Diego and he was a very proud Navy man, another reason I love speaking to our military. I feel closer to my dad whenever I talk to our military heroes.It’s a tough month, not only the month my father was killed but it’s followed by Father’s Day and my dad’s birthday on June 24; he would have been 94. I wish I could give my father a tie for Father’s Day, but it’s flowers for his grave for now 30 years. I love you, daddy, and I know you’re always watching over me!*In memory of my father and all those who have died at the hands of a DUI driver, please don’t drink and drive. If your plans include consuming alcoholic beverages or other drugs such as marijuana, plan ahead for a SOBER designated driver to do all the driving.

If you’d like to schedule a safe driving talk for your group, business, school, or Military base please send me an email at [email protected]


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