My Ashleah

by Autumn Schaub
(Plainview, Tx USA)

Ashleah Richards

Ashleah Richards

WE CHALLENGE YOU TO BE A VOICE FOR My Ashleah!

Dad'S Statement:

Ashleah Richards was a unique 21 year old human being that loved people no matter what they looked like or who they were. Ashleah paid the ultimate sacrifice on October 11, 2009 when a drunk driver hit the vehicle she was driving killing Ashleah on impact. Ashleah turn the car to the right to prevent hitting the car head on preventing the other four girls in the vehicle taking a head on collision taking the blunt hit herself and saving all four girls. Ashleah was the only serious injury out of the six people involved and the only person not drinking. Ashleah lived, laughed and most of all LOVED her short life! She was a true hero to many.
The accident accured at 3:50 am 15.8 miles from my front door, her mother Lorraine and I were on the scene by 4:30 am. I pulled up and couldn’t believe my eyes; the car she was in literally looked like a pile of metal. My baby was laying there in the driver’s seat her head laying on the indescribable drivers door cold but beautiful as an angel. No one stopped me from going to her, I took her face in my hands kissed her lips hugged her and held her for more than 15 minutes. Her mother crawled in the passenger’s side and began to pray for her as I held her. I felt My Ashleah say her final good bye to me and ascended into our Heaven our home Ashleah’s home at 4:50am.
Our hope and prayers are that people will see that drinking and driving lead strait to death. Every 39 minutes someone is killed by a drunk driver, that’s right every 39 minutes seven days a week 365 days a year someone dies from this sickness. We need to get off our couches and bar stools and be a voice for my Ashleah. I will also go so far to say if you “social drink” you are a contributor to my baby death. You tell me why you need this drug this sickness to have fun, to make money what is it one or both? Our voice, Ashleah voice is calling out to the four comers of this earth that this has to STOP! Are you the one that will help stop this epidemic by confronting a drunk and telling them you LOVE them but hate their action? . Are you a warrior do you believe in the cause to save a life? If you are that person join us today and be a voice for My Ashleah. We want real men and women with a true belief in saving a life and standing up to these sick individuals. Are you the one that will walk into a bar and or place of establishment and share your love for people to prevent them from driving drunk? If anyone want to debate this I welcome them, be accountable be a real man or women pick up a book or a bible and love your family. Are you a contributor to this sickness if you are call me write me and I will help you and out of love I will devote my whole self to you.
Please understand we love people and hate the act, My Ashleah’s voice will be heard that’s a promise.
Mark Richards

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Oct 24, 2013
Thank you for sharing Ashleah's story! NEW
by: Darla Reed

Thank you for coming to Elida Schools and talking with our youth and adults about your life with Ashleah. She was a sweet soul (I had her as a student at Portales High) and was good to all she met. Her story is truly a lesson for all to learn....driving in an altered state is a very bad decision and the consequences may be irreversible. I hope your healing continues and your best memories last forever. God strengthens seekers.

Jul 14, 2013
i will speack out! for my ashleah NEW
by: ramona from lovington

dear. mark,lorraine, there a lot of drunk drivers that dont think before they get behide a wheel ian here to pray n help u to talk about ashleah.......
it touch me when i heard about your storie.. god
bless you

.... love u, ramona reyes


..

Nov 02, 2011
Thank you
by: Anonymous

You may not feel it but you make an impact on people. Seeing how such an amazsing person could have that happen to them really hits home. Seeing Ashleah's sister made me feel as if it was me. What if my little sister had been killed? I couldn't handle it the way she does. You're inpirational.

Oct 31, 2011
you talked at my school.
by: Anonymous

i am soooooooooooo sorry about ashleah!you really made me stop and think about how much my family (specially my sis.)meens to me.hang in there.God works all things for good to those who love him.God has a purpose for everything.i love you guys.

Oct 28, 2011
famiely
by: Anonymous

i am so sorry and alwsways know that God will be there with you through hard times and throughtha ppy times so always keep him in your mind

Oct 28, 2011
SORRY!!!
by: Anonymous

sorry for your lost
this made me think that im lucky to have my family and my life.
im really sorry!

Oct 28, 2011
drugs and famliey
by: Anonymous

i am so sorry about what happen to to your familey and i had the same thing happen to me and i will be [raying for yall and always keep god i nyour and pray to her ever night and i iwill keep your familey in my prays and god will alsways love her and will alwsays be there and she is in a good place and just read the bible ever night

Sep 14, 2011
Sorry for your loss
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry for your loss. I want to spread the word about the dangers of drinking and driving. I found this link that visually shows how much of a problem it is - http://www.sr22insurancequotes.org/dui-stats-brought-to-life.html

Jan 07, 2010
Ashleah's father
by: Anonymous

Hello I'm Mark Ashleah's father, thank you so much for being a voice for my baby girl! Let us know if we can do anything for you and others fighting the sick decease! We will send photos and be open to sharing with others in a group or individual setting. Our prayers are with you and all that have lost someone to this sickness! Lean on God and never forget your loved ones they are truly home now! I can be reached at markrichards66@yahoo.com or on Facebook under "My Ashleah"
Take care,
Mark

Jan 06, 2010
Thank you!!!
by: Anonymous

Hey everyone! Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers...us that are family and friends of Ashleah want you to know we appreciate all of yall so much and getting Ashleah's story out there!! Continue to be the voice for her and other people that have lost their lives to this sickening sin of drinking and driving. We want you to know that we are thanking of you and praying for you with the people yall have lost! We love yall and thank yall again!!

Jan 02, 2010
please contact me
by: Tiffany

Hi my name is Tiffany Harris. my sister and I are both safety team members at our job. We recently did an event involving drunk driving and road distractions. I wanted to contact you to let you know and hope that you didnt mind that we used many stories in the event and yours was one of them. Are goal was to show people reality of what may happen if they made the choice to drive this holiday. We brought actual pictures of wrecks including my own brothers whom I lost in 2008 as well as real stories of victims or their families. I did not show Ashleah's picture out of respect because i didnt know how you would feel but I did print the story you wrote. I hope you dont mind and I do apologize if you do. I just wanted you to know that Ashleah's story was one of the first placed in the event and I feel that her story as well as others made impact on several people. please contact me at Nobodys_property03@yahoo.com

Dec 23, 2009
your daughter looks like a beautiful young lady
by: paula overstreet

I AM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I ALSO LOSS TWO SONS AGES 22 YEARS OLD AND 16. TWO DIFFERENT WRECKS, BUT BOTH ALCOHOL RELATED. I WILL SPREAD THE WORD ON DRINKING AND DRIVING.I HAVE A MYSPACE AND IM ALWAYS WRITEING BULLETINS AND BLOGS ABOUT DRINKING AND DRIVEING. I HAVE DONE SEVERAL SPEECHES AT SEVERAL CHURCHES IN MY AREA. THE CHURCHES I SPOKE AT TOLD ME IT WAS THE MOST POWERFUL MESSAGE THEY HAD EVER HEARD ON DRINKING AND DRIVING. THE YOUTH CLASSES I TALKED TO ALL CRYED WHEN I CRYED, LAUGHED WHEN I LAUGHED AND WAS SO INTO EVERY WORD. I WAS VERY PROUD AT THE TIME BECAUSE I DID FEEL I REACHED SOMEONE AT THE CHURCH. I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT MY HEART ACHES FOR YOU, FOR I KNOW YOUR PAIN. I WILL DO WHATEVER I CAN TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD ON DRINKING AND DRIVING. DRINKING AND DRIVEING KILLS AND WE MUST CONTINUE TO SPEAK OUT.GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. I KNOW YOUR ASHLEAH WOULD WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY. SO TRY HARD AS YOU CAN TO ONLY REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES WITH HER,THINK OF HER SMILE, THOSE BEAUTIFUL EYES. YOU JUST KNOW SHE IS IN THE ARMS OF AN ANGEL. SHE IS HAPPY NOW AND WANTS YOU TO BE. ONE SWEET DAY YOU WILL BE WITH HER AGAIN. GOD BLESS THIS MESSAGE TO REACH THE RIGHT PERSON OR PERSONS IT IS INTENDED.PLEASE SAVE A LIFE, DONT TAKE A LIFE.PLEASE DONT DRINK AND DRIVE.THANKS FOR READING,PAULA OVERSTREET

Dec 20, 2009
I will make a promise
by: Kim George

My name is Kim and I know some people that drink and drive.

I will make my commitment to speak out and stop them. I have been trying.

I put this site on my facebook and made a statement about drinking and driving.

I lost someone that was once my boyfriend.

I never was able to let him know how much he meant to me.

I will try to help in some way.
I send my Condolences and heartfelt Sympathy.

Sincerely,
Kim George

Kimmerz1@live.com

Dec 07, 2009
You will hear my voice loud and clear....
by: Suzanne In Connecticut

Mr. Richards,

First I'd like to say, I'm so sorry for you loss...My husband was killed by a drunk driver 4.16.06....I have called on Senetors, congressmen, you name it to do something about this increasly senseless loss of life...I don't feel the sentence fits the crime, at least in my state....The man that killed my husband, was almost 3 times the legal limit, had no idea he killed someone, and before he decided to flee the country was only looking at doing 2 to 3 years jail time...which he never did, because, he wasn't a citizen of the US and went back to his country when it was sentencing time....You have my word, you will hear my voice for your Ashleah, and my husband, and all the innocent people killed by drunk drivers....

Dec 06, 2009
I agree
by: Debra

I agree with you - I am a relative of Stephanie McGill (see her profile). We too believe that many people look the other way when they see others who have been drinking get in a car to drive. A string of events has to happen before a drunk driver crashes his/her car. I agree, have the guts to stop someone before they do something you will regret you didn't stop.

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