Rest In Peace- My Daddy & My little Brother

by Liz Laukaitis

My Daddy & My Brother 9-28-2007

My Daddy & My Brother 9-28-2007

On Friday September 28,2007 My father Paul A. Laukaitis Sr. and My brother Paul A. Laukaitis Jr. were killed by a drunk driver. They were on their way to our camp in Oil City, PA with my mother. They were 8 minutes away from our camp when a drunk driver crossed the center line on a dark 2 lane road and hit them head on. He was 2 times over the legal limit and was going 80 mph. My Dad & brother were killed instantly & my mother was life flighted to the hospital in critical condition. My brothers dog, Yay-Yo was also in the van. He survived the accident and was protecting my family. My mother spent 2 1/2 weeks in the Intensive Care Unit with multiple injuries to every part of her body. Both her right & left legs were completely broken, she had head trauma to the left side of her head, a gash on the top left side of her forehead, a broken left wrist & fore arm, a tear in her stomach, liver, diaphram and left lung. And a shartted left knee. Also many black & blue marks & lacerations. She is on a ventalator, feeding tube, trake and many,any medications. Due to this jerk who killed my Father & brother my Mother was unable to attend their funerals....she never got to say goodbye to them. She wasn't even stable enough for us to tell her about my Father & Brother's deaths for 2 1/2 wks after they died. We had to tell her in the I.C.U. I never expected them to go that night, I figured I'd see them on Monday when they came home from camp. But this loser had to go & get drunk & drive that night- taking my Dad's & brother's lives. And he broke all of our hearts. My Mom has suffered soo much pain from this- emotionally & physically. The driver also lost his life that night. 4 people driving along & only 1 made it thru the accident. It's a shame that my family had to lose our loved ones this way...it hurts so bad to know that this never had to happen!! My Father was a retired City of Pittsburgh Police officer and my brother was a 27 yr. old ,fun loving and easy going kid you'd ever meet. I miss them soo much & don't understand why this senseless act had to happen. All I know is nothing ever makes sense until it hits home!! I am so aganist drunk driving now..and all the pain my Mother & family went thru because of one person who decided to go out & get drunk and drive. I will never see them again now because of this one person.

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Sep 27, 2009
2 YEARS AGO
by: HEARTBROKEN.....

ITS BEEN 2YEARS SINCE THAT AWEFUL DAY,
WE JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE ARE ALL O.K.,
IT HAS BEEN A STRUGGLE, ONE NOT OF CHOICE..
BUT WE HEAR YOU TELL US IN A SOFT LITTLE VOICE;
"IM SAFE AND AT PEACE NOW, ITS O.K. FOR YOU TO SMILE"
SO WE HEED YOUR ADVICE AND DO WHAT YOU SAY...
BECAUSE WE KNOW YOU BOTH WALK BESIDE US DAY AFTER DAY.
everyday, week and year
and when we are sad, we know you both are standing there,
to wipe each of our grieving tears
And when we feel a gentle breeze, or the wind upon our face,
we know it is you guys blowing us a kiss,
or just giving us a soft embrace
And when the raindrops fall from Heaven up above,
We know its just Daddy & paul sending all their love!
So at the end of these 2 years, as you wipe away our tears,
we would like to let you know;
that YES we do still miss you,
but have BRAVELY let you both go......
We little knew that morning that God was going to call your names,
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you both, but you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.....
And thats the day our Family will then re-begin.
<3 FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS <3

Sep 05, 2009
nvr gets better
by: my self

No it nvr gets better...the pain wil nvr go away. It gets bareable...but the thought is w u each and everyday. It wil b 2 yrs on Sept 28, 2009 and they r wat we think about when we awake & b4 we lay dwn. The tears slow dwn but that unbareable knot in the pit of ur stomach nvr subsides. I carry it w me like a dark black cloud that jus wont leave....the memories r great, but they really dont cut it. I am being bluntly honest from my experience....IT REALLY BLEW ON SEPT 28. 2007 AND IT REALLY STIL BLOWS 2DAY. Its like half of u is gone and wil nvr come back

Jul 16, 2009
just have to ask
by: debra

my boyfriend of almost four years just died in an accident, he was drunk driving and pretty much killed himself. I was so close to him, he was really the only family that i did have, how did you get through all of this? does it really get better as time gos on??

May 29, 2009
im sorry
by: nikki

I CANT EVEN BEGIN TO FEEL WHAT YOU FEEL, N I CANT EVEN RELATE... I CAN PUT MYSELF N UR SHOES,OR TRY TO.. BUT EVEN THEN I CANT BEAR THE PAIN THAT U AND UR FAMILY WENT THREW.. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP N PRAY BECAUSE THEY ARE STILL WITH YOU WATCHING OVER YOU TO MAKE SURE YOU MAKE IT IN LIFE..KEEP YO HEAD UP BBY GRL

Feb 09, 2009
I am so sorry
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry to hear about your brother an father i lost a friend due to drinking and drive it hurt so bad because the one that was driveing was also my friends an he was drunk they tryed so hard to get him to give them the keys and he wouldnt he said it was hes trucka nobody was driveing it and it was just so heart breaking and i think why couldnt i have been thier that nite if i would of he would of been alrite and he was just 19 didnt even have a chance to get hes life started and i was so mad at my friend that was the driver but its not hes fault it was thier time to go on home with the lord but it still hurts i am so sorry for you and your family people needs to stop drinking and drivein we would still have the ones we love

Jan 19, 2008
PAIN...PAIN...PAIN
by: Anonymous

IT REALLY BLOWS TO SEE MY FAMILY IN SUCH HEARTACHE AND PAIN EVERYDAY!!!!! ALL BECAUSE OF SOME FREAKIN MO'RON WHO DECIDED TO GO DRINK ON 9-28-07 AND GET BEHIND THE WHEEL OF HIS LINCOLN NAVIGATOR AND KILL 2 INNOCENT PEOPLE ON THEIR WAY TO HAVE A NICE PEACEFUL WEEKEND AT OUR FAMILY CAMP.MY MOTHER AND FAMILY DOG "YAYO" ARE THE ONLY ONE'S TO SURVIVE THIS SENSELESS ACCIDENT.MY MOTHER IS ONLY NOW BEGINNING TO STAND AGAIN BUT ONLY FOR A BRIEF MOMENT.IT HURTS LIKE HELL EVERYDAY TO SEE MY FAMILY LIVE THRU THIS TRAGEDY BUT THEN ON THE OTHER HAND WE ARE ALSO BLESSED TO HAVE OUR MOTHER WHO SURVIVED THIS HORRIFIC ACCIDENT.I HOPE AND PRAY EVERYDAY THAT MY MOTHER WILL COME OUT OF THIS AND LIVE A NORMAL LIFE BUT THEN AGAIN HOW CAN SHE LIVE A NORMAL LIFE KNOWING THAT HER HUSBAND AND YOUNGEST SON WERE KILLED BY AN ABSOLUTE IDIOT!!!!!

Jan 03, 2008
Family Ties
by: Meg

As our angels watch over us all we can do is pray and remember them the way they should be remembered. I just wish I had more of an opportunity to know them both better then I did, or just for them both to have the opportunity to meet my son. Elizabeth be strong your mom needs you, we don't know each other that well but family is family if there is anything I can do for you don't hestitate to contact me. Our kids should know each other anyway. God Bless !!

Nov 29, 2007
DONT DRINK AND DRIVE
by: Anonymous

DRINKING IS A BITCH, SO DONT DRIVE!

Nov 18, 2007
this is too sad
by: Anonymous

wow i never have had thoughts of doing that and never will

Nov 17, 2007
Ten Thousand Angles
by: Anonymous

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Sounds as though your mother had ten thousand angles watching over her and pulling her through her battle to survive life.
No one should have to go through such an ordeal because of someones callous and selfish decission to drink and drive.
Best wishes to you and your family over the loss of your loved ones.

Nov 08, 2007
god bless
by: Anonymous

god bless them. that story was the most heart bracking thing I've every heared.

Oct 31, 2007
I'm so sorry for your loss
by: danny

I am so sorry for your loss. I'm actualky writing a report for my english class about drunk drivers who kill people and if they should be charged with murder. After listening to your story, I feel as though the driver should be charged with murder. I just wanted to thank you for helping me and I hope you will continue to stay strong. Remember, everything happens for a reason . And now that I heard your story, maybe a can save someone's life or even my own.

Oct 29, 2007
so very sorry
by: Anonymous

i can sort of hear and feel your pain. my brother was also killed by a drunk, but was in the car with the drunk driver, had less then one mile to go to get to destination. i miss my baby brother so badly. he was killed on my b'day jan 14, 2006. i know he made a horrible choice to get into that car w/ the drunk but he did pay the ultimate price, his life, my life, my moms, dads, and two other brothers. i swear we all lost a huge part of us that night and i have never gotten it back to this 28th day of oct, 2007. my life is forever changed. now al there is for me to do is try to make drunk driving awarness. i wish you the best luck, peace and love thru this awful journey of grief, anger and complete sadness. lorri standley

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