J. Mason Rohrer 9 yrs. old, Lancaster, PA killed 8-7-98

by Nancy Potts
(Mountville, PA)

Mason 2 weeks before he was killed

Mason 2 weeks before he was killed

Mason 2 weeks before he was killed
Graphic of Mason
Last photo ever taken of Mason
Mason & his baby brother

My son was traveling with his dad and step-mom to Tioga County to go camping and see the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania when their car was t-boned by a drunk driver. My son did not die instantly. The first witness on the scene said he crawled in the car with Mason and talked to him until he took his last breath. Mason's aorta was severed from the bottom of his heart and he bled out internally. He was dead by the time paramedics got to the scene.

Not a day goes by that I don't miss my son and wonder what he would be like today if he were still alive.

Please Don't Drink & Drive! The life you save could be your mother's child!!

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Apr 19, 2015
heart felt sorrow
by: Allen Roberts

I myself was hit by a drunk driver on August 18 2003 in front of my house, and hurt really bad. Thank god I had just dropped my kids off 5 min before the crash. Thank you for sharing your video. Hopefully people who drink and drive will finally understand that it's not just their life they could end or effect by doing that totally senseless act. My condolences to you and your family,.

Apr 19, 2015
God bless you and your son
by: Anonymous

Like other people who have written here, I also realize how futile words seem when trying to express emotions and feelings that occur when something this terrible happens. I am obviously a complete stranger to you, and so I am especially concerned about not writing something you might take the wrong way. But, what I really want to say is that I hope you have been, and will continue to be able to find some peace and even some happiness as your life goes on. You, your son and all your family will be in my prayers.

Apr 09, 2015
Cannot find words
by: Robert

I cannot find the words to comment on your great loss. My mother lost 4 children, a 11 month old baby girl to pneumonia (1955); a 13 year old son run down outside his school by a reckless driver behind the wheel of a truck (1965), another dying from open heart surgery at 23 (1968)and the last dying at 19 from drowning (1983)

My mother is now old and frail at 85 (she was 25 when my sister died), and she still cries to this very day when each of their birthdays come around.

When people say that time will heal, they have no understanding of the loss of a child.

Jan 25, 2015
Love and Prayers
by: MaLisa Rembowski

I seen Mason's memorial page on Findagrave.com back in 2013. I continue to pray for you and your family. The worst pain in the world is to suddenly lose a child. I am so sorry. I can tell he was and is very loved.

Jan 14, 2015
my daniel
by: becca

My boy was only two when I lost him. Complications of a seizure. He was very healthy otherwise and it was sudden. He died in my arms. it's been six years and he would be eight now. I'm so sorry you weren't able to hold your baby as he took his last breath but I know that the Lord holds every child as they transition from this world to the next. I just saw the video of his funeral. I saw your all to familiar pain and I just wanted to say that I feel it with you like every mother who has had to say goodbye to their child. As you know life goes on and so must we. I live, I laugh, and I love but I will never be whole. Thank you for sharing masons story. I was happy to see his sweet face today. I hope this finds you well. God bless you.

Nov 01, 2014
It touches us all
by: Anonymous

Hi Nancy. My 17 year old son lost a close friend this past week in a drunk driving accident. I searched for a video to show him the pain drunk driving causes when I found Masons story. God bless you for sharing and I'm so very sorry for your loss. I can't imagine your pain. Thanks so much for sharing and know your precious boy is in Gods arms.


Robert. Yukon Oklahoma.

Oct 21, 2014
Grateful to you
by: Mandi

I am a recovering alcoholic with 2.5 years of sobriety. I am grateful to you for sharing your story. It is easy for me to get complacent and think I never really had any consequences with my drinking. This keeps my recovery and my alcoholism very fresh. God bless you and your precious son...

Sep 03, 2014
My thoughts are with you
by: George

I just saw your YouTube post of your son's funeral/memorial. I am a grandfather of a 9 year old boy and I cannot imagine the pain and heartache you have gone through. You are truly an inspiration to us all!

Mason is in the Lord's hands, and someday you will be reunited with him. In the meantime, he's watching you from above, and smiling down on you!

God bless you and your family.

George from San Jose, California

Aug 30, 2014
im sorry
by: james

hey nancy im sorry how i acted on facebook i miss talking 2 u ill never forget u goodbye

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