My Angel

by Tonya Wells
(Uniontown Ky USA)

Cody Vaughn with his daughter Haleigh

Cody Vaughn with his daughter Haleigh

Cody Vaughn with his daughter Haleigh
The Car
The Scene
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I was at work when I received a call around four o’clock pm. It was Kayleigh, my son Cody's fiancée. She was screaming and crying. The only thing I could make out was that Cody had been involved in a really bad two vehicle car accident. My heart felt as if it were going to explode out of my chest. I jumped in my truck and took off to the scene. The whole time I kept telling myself that it would not be that bad. Kayleigh must have been exaggerating. Before I could arrive, she called me back and said the life flight helicopters were on their way. Okay, I thought, it is bad but, if they are sending helicopters then maybe he is just badly injured. He will be okay. Once I arrived on the scene, I knew that there was no way he could have survived. I screamed and ran toward his car, but the officers on the scene would not let me through. I begged them, "Please just let me see him, tell me that he is alive." They would not tell me anything other than they would let me know something as soon as possible. I stood on that highway for more than an hour, along with what seemed like one hundred other people, all trying to tell me to stay calm. We were all praying that he was alive. I watched as two helicopters flew in and lifted off, taking the two people from the other vehicle to the hospital. I listened to the sirens of the ambulance, screeching like hawks, as it drove hurriedly past me carrying the young boy, who was a passenger in my son’s car, to the hospital. I stood there praying and pleading with God for a miracle. Then, coming towards the scene was my biggest fear, the coroner’s van. The coroner stepped out of his van and walked down to the scene. That’s when I knew, though they had not yet told me, that my beautiful son was gone. I felt it in my heart. When he returned, he walked straight up to me and my family. The words “I'm sorry.” rolled from his lips, followed by “There was nothing they could do to save him. He died upon impact from the wreck.” My first-born child Cody was only eighteen years old. His car was hit by a drunk driver, who just had to have one more drink. God took my son home that afternoon, leaving us with nothing but memories. But, I did not want just memories. I wanted my son back.

Cody Matthew Vaughn was only 18 years old and was killed six days before his 19th birthday by a drunk driver. It happened on S.R. 360 in Uniontown Ky on Febuary 6th 2011 (SuperBowl Sunday) around 4pm because someone just had to have one more drink. Now, his 2 year old daughter Haleigh will never remember what it is like to have a father hold her. Please people if you have a heart at all imagine the heartache that our family has went through and don't drink and drive. It could be your family standing on the side of that highway praying for you or someone else's who you, by driving drunk, have killed. I'm not saying don't drink I'm saying that if you do just don't drive.

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Nov 08, 2013
correction NEW
by: Kaitlyn Bowden

about Cody and how*****

Nov 08, 2013
email NEW
by: Tonya Wells

Nov 08, 2013
Please Contact Me!!! NEW
by: Kaitlyn Bowden

I am Codys half sister. We were friends on MySpace and had been talking and trying to figure out when we could meet each other and our little girls meet and I just stopped hearing from him. I found out from looking on his fiances MySpace and googling his name. This shatters my heart <\3 I was just talkin to my fiance last night about Body abduction how we were suppose to meet and what happened to him so I decided to try to look him up again and see if I could find a way to contact someone. I am so very sorry for your loss I hate that I didn't get a chance to know him but I could tell from what little we talked and the pics of him and his baby that he was a good guy...
You can email me if you like....Id like to have some pics to put with the pics of our Dad if possible Thank you

Nov 14, 2011
God Bless and Keep You
by: Anonymous

My greatest fear is losing one of my children. The fact that you lost your beautiful son to a selfish, drunk driver leaves me sickened. No one can possibly imagine the gaping hole you must feel in your life without Cody. No words of mine are adequate enough to express my sorrow and my empathy. I do believe in God and I pray that someday, you get a comforting message directly from Cody, to let you know he is okay.
My heart is with you.

Nov 10, 2011
So sorry
by: Heather

I read your story with tears clogging my throat, and blurring my vision. I feel your pain in your words, and I am so sorry for your loss. A loss that could have very well been prevented if someone had made the right choice. I lost my 19 year old cousin in May of 2002. She was a passenger in a car with a drunk and drugged driver. A driver who also eluded police and after he had flipped the car numerous times, made the choice to run from the scene and hide. Once found, he did not even ask about my cousin - instead he pleaded the 5th and refused a breathalyzer. Once he found out my cousin had not made it, he blamed her as the driver. It took months but the truth did come out. He only served 5 years - he was indicted on 7 charges and only received time for one, and not even the full amount of time. I feel for you and your family becaue not only did we lose loved ones in this horrific way, we were also then screwed my our so-called justice system. adds pain on top of more pain.
If you have the time, please read my cousin's story titled May 18, 2002. There is also a website called that I have put her story on and it might interest you to share your story as well.
People say time will heal the pain, it doesnt, it only dims it after a while. But it is always there, a constant reminder. I hope your memories can help you through your rough time a little.
I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Oct 23, 2011
R.i.P C.M.V
by: Ashley Wells

Im the sister of this person, i just wanted to say ty for commenting and stuff.. We fought most of our growing up time, but when we didnt, it was fun to be around... now idk..seems like theres nobody left.

Oct 06, 2011


Oct 05, 2011
sorry for your loss
by: Monique Williams

Amen to no drinking and driving, and I am sorry for your loss, so tragic and senseless. My brother was also killed by a drunk 2 years ago, it has devastated my family as well, he was 34 with 3 kids, a loving family and many friends.
take care of yourself :(

Oct 05, 2011
I am sorry
by: Teresa Carrigan, duaghter of sandra Kilde

I am crying as I finish your post. So much pain in your writing. I am praying for your healing. I hope your little granddaughter can give you a lifetime of smiles. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I, too, have a son who is my only child. (HE is the one pictures in my mothers photo.) I worry about him everyday. God Bless and heal the hearts of any mom who has ever lost a child...ecspecailly to this senseless crime.

Oct 04, 2011
by: suzanne

I'm so sorry for the loss of your son..What a waste...He had his whole life in front of him, someone's careless actions took that away...My heart goes out to you, and your family. I lost my husband to a drunk driver in 2006. I continue to read everyone's stories, and have never forgotten the pain of those words when they are heard. You never forget the pain, the feelings you have when your told what your gut already knew...I'm so sorry for your loss, it never gets easy...It never goes away...Lives are changed didn't mention if the drunk driver survived, I just hope responsiblity was taken for the choice they made to drive drunk...The man that killed my husband fled the country...I had no closure. I pray for peace in your heart...One day you will see your son again. Till then, I'm afraid, memories are the best thing we have, and the love, never goes away...God Bless..

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