My parents were killed by a drunk driver near Mt. Auburn Il.
by Katie Greene Kohl
On March 22, 1996 My parents David and Janet Greene of Mt. Auburn, had gone to see my grandma Greene who was in a nursing home in Taylorville, Il. She had fallen and broken her hip... I was supposed to go with them, but at the last minute my mom arranged for me to stay at a friends house. I could'nt stay though, for some reason I was restless. I insisted on going home and that is what we did. She stayed with me. At 1:37am on March 23, 1996 a hospital in Decatur Il called asked for my mom or dad then asked my age. I was 13- the nurse immediately asked for the number of my closest relative. My brother had worked earlier that eve then left for St. Louis he was 22. My other grandma was in branson, so I gave them my aunts number. At the time we didn't know the severity of the accident. My friends mom came to get her and we left for Decatur to find out about my mom. She was dead when we got there. A van of 25-30 yr olds out celebrating a b'day, missed a curve and hit my parents head on while they were coming home from the nursing home. The scene was so horrific, that they had to take my mom to one hosp in Decatur and my dad to another in Springfield Il. He had died instantly, But my mom hung on as long as she could but we never saw my mom or dad alive again. In one split second a careless person took away my entire life. Our lives have been hell everyday since, even though we all fake it to get through the days. I see the occupants of the van around town.... I have forgiven. I know that everytime they see me they know how they ruined the lives of an entire family and community. That gives me some peace. Life goes on, but for them, i'm a constant reminder of their choices.