Alfred Rothfuss - Vero Beach Florida - July 12, 2014

by Alan Rothfuss
(Warwick, RI)

My Dad - The sweetest man

My Dad - The sweetest man

For years, I've seen stories on television and articles written talking about what the families of victems of drunk drivers go through. Now I'm living it.

My Dad was the kindest of souls, a gentle man. He made friends wherever he went. My dad left his house on July 8th to do some errands. My mother wanted to ride along, but he told her he would return shortly. He never returned.

Driving his Murano, he was hit by a drunk driver (T-Boned). The drunk driver ran traffic lights and stop signs and hit my father doing 70mph. The Murano was destroyed as if it was hit by a bullet. My dad did not have a chance.

He was revived at the scene and rushed to a trauma center. He was immediately put on life support with hopes he would wake. My brother, niece and nephew and I flew to Florida the next morning. I still remember getting the telephone call. "Dad was in a car crash; it's bad. Very better get here. He's not going to make it".

4 days later, with family by his bedside, we said goodbye. When the removed his medication, his eyes opened for a few seconds, as if to say I'm ok and I'm going to heaven now...then his body stopped and he was gone.

Our journey has not ended. The other driver after sustaining serious injuries, survived. He was released and has not been charged yet (6 months now). The FHP is severely understaffed. I feel their pain. But our pain has not stopped. This person is still not charged. And my Dad is dead. Hopefully soon, we'll have some peace.

Please do not drink and drive........please.

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Dec 29, 2014
Miss you Dad. This could be your dad! NEW
by: Mark

Some people see this type of crime as an "error of judgement", "it happens". Those who are charged with drunk driving are slapped by the justice system. Look at the media reports!

No, this is a deliberate action! This person of sound mind and body knew full well that his actions could put others at risk, and willfully did it anyway with utter disregard. This includes those around him that supported his drinking and driving, especially that afternoon.

There is no difference from this and getting angry and shooting somebody! We as a society embrace alcohol, as such our laws and legal processes do not parallel other homicides! This is insane. I cant describe the aftermath of such an incident.

This was my Dad. A real person. A true gentleman. The type of man that would give anybody the shirt off his back. He was literlally stopped in his tracks. He was also the type of person his murderer could not, and will not be. Ever. And I know him.

We now only hope the slow and very flawed legal process can give us some comfort in seeing justice for "DAD".

Signed, heart-broken son.

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