Austin John Melville, Rochester, Mn. Born 11-02-1987 Killed 11-27-2010

by Sandy Melville
(Rochester, Mn.)

I just lost my one and only son who was my first born.

Austin Melville was the light of my life. He was only 23 yrs and 25 days old
when he was run down on the city street in downtown Rochester Mn. He was loved by many, he was quiet, unassuming, a ray of sunshine, brilliant, fun, quick witted, beautiful and had a zest for life.
Austin went with his best friend as a request
of the best friends neighbor to go downtown for a bit the friday evening after Thanksgiving. After walking over to the median to get the best friends neighbor to head home, a drunk speeding 40-50mph in a 30 zone hit my son and killed him on impact. Austin did not have a chance, he was thrown about feet by this impact and died instantly on the cold hard pavement of horrific injuries just blocks from the famed MAYO CLINIC and St.Mary's hospital.
Austin had graduated in May 2010 from Winona State University in Mass-Communications with NBS Honors and cum laude. He had a commanding voice and presence and wtih that aspired to become the VOICE of the Green Bay Packers, the Packers were greatest passion of his life.
Austin was the ultimate loyal Packer fan born and raised in Mn. He knew every aspect of that organization, statistics, history, details etc and spent 5 days every year at Packer training camp in August with his Dad. Austin had extreme interests in many things, philosophy, psychology, astro-physics, music and many other things along with a love of the Christmas season. He was a talented drummer, was teaching himself to play Banjo, and had asked for a telescope as a graduation present to further his interest in astro-physics. He had a desire to obtain a PHD in astro-physics in the future if it worked with his plan to work with the Packers. The Mn Twins had just an completed an interview with him for a position with them for their 2011 season, he was scheduled to have a second interview for that.

Along with the many ecelectic interests that totally consumed Austin's thoughts and time. He also had a wonderful girlfriend of almost 4 yrs, he and Katie got along immensly and enjoyed being together. They both had just graduated from college and were starting to plan their lives and futures together, to become engaged within months as well.

Austin's bio on his twitter account stated simply that " he had 2 arms, 2 legs and an ambition to live ! "
Austin's visitation was the largest ever experienced by the funeral home. The actual visitation was to be 3p-7p. Persons waited over 3 hours to share their condolences and stories of how wonderful he was. The visitation went from 3p to 10:45p. This speaks volumes to us of persons knowing just what a kind wonderful person he was. We received many cards, letters from persons and classmates parents stating how Austin helped them or their kids through issues. We were touched by the countless strangers notes and letters as well that he had touched in one way or another.

Our family is totally devastated with losing our only precious son Austin.
We got to the ER within minutes of him being hit to find out from the Dr.s that they were unable to revive him. We were totally unaware of how bad the accident was. Kissing your 23 yr old little boys cold forehead through tears telling him goodbye is just the most horrendous gut-wrenching nightmare a parent has to endure.
The person responsible for killing my son not only was speeding in a 30mph zone. His intoxication level was 2x the legal limit. He had prior DUI arrests, underage drinking arrest and drug probabtions. On the night of Nov. 27, 2010 this drunk hit 4 pedestrians within blocks of each other in 2 incidents, running from both accidents and killing my Austin who walked innocently in the crosswalk with friends heading to their vehicle to go home.

Austin has lost everything, his life, his hopes his dreams, his world. The pain is overwhelming and immeasurable. I am just paralyzed most of the time with the incredible pain and realization of losing my Awesome Austin. I have to be a voice for him, I have to make sure his story is heard. We need to change this idiot world of drinking and irresponsible behavior of driving DRUNK !! We need to ALL push for tougher laws for drunk driving, there should not be a sceond chance, Austin had NO chance !

Austin, I LOVE you forever........ Love MOM !

Comments for Austin John Melville, Rochester, Mn. Born 11-02-1987 Killed 11-27-2010

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Feb 03, 2014
Thank You NEW
by: John Church


I want to thank you for speaking this evening at the MADD victims impact panel . I am sitting here looking at the bracelet you gave me after I went into my own son's room to put some vaniply on his upper lip because it is really dry in our house. All I can think about is all the pictures of your son in Rochester Youth Football jerseys - I still have all mine. I can't stop thinking about that happening to my son, my best friend, my wife or anyone and to think just about 9 weeks ago I was driving while impaired myself. I will never forget your voice, your face, Austin's baby pictures and that picture of him in a car by HyVee on 37th street. I will never drive impaired again. God willing, I will never drink alcohol again. Thank you so much!

Dec 29, 2011
Frustrated NEW
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry for your loss. I came across this site accidentally and read your story. I have a 23 year old who got a second DUI on nov. 27 2010. She's ruining her life and my ex husband is a judge who has made sure she doesn't suffer a consequence. She is lost to me now because I am the only one trying to hold her accountable but I'm trying and she hates me for it.
I want to give up but I just can't when I read stories like yours.
I have got to prevent her from hurting someone else or herself.
Know that your loss affected me in a way so I won't give up trying to help her or keep her from drinking and driving again.

Mar 29, 2011
Sorry for your loss
by: Anonymous

I couldn't imagine losing a child by a drunk driver. My mother experienced it---1976. My brother was in the back seat of the car and they just left off my other brother at his house. My brother's twin was driving--my sister's husband was also sitting the front seat. As they were backing out of the driveway they could hear a sound of a car but didn't see one. As they backed out of the driveway into the road. They were hit by a drunk driving who was driving with no headlights on. The car was broadsided. My brother was thrown out of car and was killed instantly. My mother had a nervous break-down. I don't think she ever got over it. We all took it hard. He was only 17 years old at the time.
At the time of his death--the drunk driving laws were that strict. The sad thing about it was he had already had 6 or 7 DWI at the time he killed my brother. My prayers go out to you and your family. The loss, anger, and emptiness never goes away.

Mar 23, 2011
I am sorry
by: Karma

Hi, i am very sorry for your loss. I am also born in 2nd November 1987, and in college. Can't believe he died so young and had just graduated, and was starting his life. He will always live in your heart and hope you have moved on with your life.

Feb 02, 2011
I am so sorry
by: Cindy Webster

Dear sandy,
I am so sorry for your loss, I to lost my daughter 7/25,2010. And am totally devestated. Julie was 25 and was simular as your son with a whole life ahead of her. She has been gone 6 months and I still cry from missing her and thinking of what she went threw the night he killed her. Our story can be seen at I will pray for you and your family. And know that you are not alone that is very important and helps you to cope more..God Bless you, Cindy

Jan 18, 2011
truly sorry
by: Anonymous

Im doing and art projet on the effects of drinking and driving and i came across this story and it really touches me being a high school student and being 17. i dont know what it feels like to lose a kid because i am one myself. i think its great that you shared your story with people because you witness it first hand and that makes the stoyry your telling so much more heart touching .but im truly sorry and i will give you guys my praier.

Jan 09, 2011
We are so sad for you!
by: Roxanne

We continue to pray for you and your family because of this loss too big to comprehend. Austin was awesome! Your story is a tribute to him.

Jan 07, 2011
My deepest sympathies
by: Debra DeFrain

Dear Sandy, my deepest sympathies in the tragic, horrifying loss of your only son Austin. I lost my 28 yr old son 2 years ago on January 4th 2009 from a drunk driving accident on New Year's Eve. Unfortunately, my son was the drunk driver that night but thankfully, he did not take anyone with him. His blood alcohol was .20 when he left the new year's eve party. His friends knew how intoxicated he was and did nothing to stop him from getting in the car either. I am only too familiar with the horrific site of a child's broken body, no parent should ever have to see their child that way. You are so right that our voices should not be silent. I remember the first year without our son, it was such a huge effort to even get out of bed each day. I remember waking up every morning and thinking "Really?? I woke up again"? and every morning Loren's death hit me like a train wreck. There is a website that I found several months into this journey of grief and pain, it has forums for the loss of an adult child, and while I did not post too often the first year, I did read alot of the postings,and it helped me to get through that first year. The people there are compassionate and caring. And understand all too well the incredible pain of losing a child. Be kind to yourself over the next few months,and do not have any expectations of yourself. This is a long difficult journey. Please feel free to email me should you need to talk. There is also a book on the market "how to survive the loss of a child" by Catherine Sanders. It is an excellent book and it really helped me. Again, my very deepest sympathies in the loss of your son Austin.

Jan 07, 2011
I know your pain
by: Valoree


My name is Valoree and I want you to know that I completely understand your pain and your need to do something to speak out for Austin, to be his voice. It is horrible to lose a loved one to drunk driving and so much more horrible when it your child. I am so sorry for your loss.
We lost our daughter, Nicole, who was only 13 years old, in December of 2008 to a drunk driver. We have also decided to be her voice and I have found that this is the only reason I get up every day. I wish you peace as you go through your grieving. It takes a long time from what I understand. I don't know how long because I am not there yet. Perhaps I never will be. I will keep you and the rest of your family in my prayers.


Jan 07, 2011
Terribly sorry for your loss
by: Suzanne

I'm so sorry to read your story. It is such a crime that this happened...I've written my story on this site about my husband being killed, and I get new stories EVERY day...Sadly, INSANELY!!! I read the person, that killed they're loved one, was arrested before, and sometimes, 2 and 3 times before for Driving while Intoxicated...I don't understand why these people are still driving. WHY do innocent people have to pay for their problems...I'm so sorry about your son...I wish I could tell you that it time the pain subsides...IT DOES NOT....we live every day for the rest of our lives, thinking and loving the person that was stolen from us....May you find comfort in family and friends, and all your memories of your son...I wish justice is served to the person that took your son...May we see the day, NOT ONE SINGLE person or family has to be the victim of this senseless CRIME...God Bless! take care of yourself...

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