How is it that, in the midst of their grief, the family of Brandie Jean Conklin can try to prevent others from losing their loved ones?
It's not easy to admit your beautiful daughter, the mother of two herself, made some bad decisions about drinking and driving, about texting and driving, and about speeding. But Robin J. Goodridge and Wayne Goodridge Sr. are laying it out there, hoping they can help at least one person stop and think twice.
Here is their message:
"The next time you think about texting and/or drinking while you're driving, think about this: A 22-year-old girl dead on the road from a head-on collision; the driver of the truck that tried with all his ability to miss her, finally ditching the truck; this 22-year-old girl's two children, both under the age of 5, not understanding where Mommy is; her parents, her sisters, a brother, a young man who loved her and tried to save her with CPR that night; and many friends.
"This 22-year-old girl was our daughter, Brandie J. Goodridge-Conklin. All of those referenced above are heartbroken and will feel her loss forever.
"THINK ABOUT ALL OF THIS - NOT JUST TODAY BUT EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU. BELIEVE IT.
"DON'T TEXT WHILE DRIVING AND DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE."
--- Barbara O''Brien