Too Young

by Karen Paraskevakos
(Bowdoin, Maine)

On October 5 2009 I lost my son to a drunk driver.
It has only been a month but the pain and emptiness is so strong. He was the all American boy. He made everyone smile and loved everyone he met. He has a 2 1/2 yr old daughter who will need a kidney transplant later in life and that was Richies hope to be the perfect match to save his little girl. Now she is left with out her father and will never know how great a man he was and how much his world revolved around her.
He was the type of person you met and instantly liked and wanted to be around. He had a great sense of humor and was happy with his life and the direction it was going. His had plans for a summer wedding with his pregnant girlfriend this year. She will give birth in March to a little boy who also will never know his dad.
He was a hard worker and a very loyal son and friend.

All the dreams and hopes we had for him and his kids are painful memories now. There is no way to put in words how very special he was and how he made everyone feel special around him.

But a young man decided to have a few to many drinks and get in his car and take a life of someone so young and with so much to give to others. What bothers me most is this young man that killed my son has had previous OUI convictions, but he was still able to go on drinking and driving which has cost me my precious son.
I will go on but I will never forget and I will never feel normal or the happiness I did before Oct 5.
I love you Richie and I am and will always be proud of who and what you are!

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Nov 08, 2009
Use of name
by: Karen P

You can use my sons name for anything that helps bring awareness and help stop these types of crimes. Richard Paraskevakos was 25. He has a 2 1/2 year old daughter that needs a kidney transplant and now he is not here to save his daughter or raise his new son to be born in January.
There is no words to discribe the pain I and probably others are still feeling.
Every single second of the day he is in my thaughts. I have not slept a full night in over a month now. Trying to be there for the rest of the family and grieve myself and make sure we are fair to others. Just being normal for a few minutes would be nice.

Nov 08, 2009
Your stories
by: Sydney

Anonymous and Karen,
I am writing a speech to try to pass a low for 1 time offenders of Drunk Driving to have Breathalyzer Ignition Locks in their cars. I have a friend who was also killed by a Drunk Driver with a previous DWI charge. I was wondering if I could have the names of your loved ones and use their stories in my speech. It would be very much appreiciated and I could use the information to stop other families from this pain.
Sydney, a high school student

Nov 07, 2009
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS
by: Anonymous

MY BROTHER AND HIS FRIENDS WERE KILLED BY A DRUNK DRIVER WHO ALSO HAD HAD DWI IN THE PAST. HE WAS DRUNK AND DRIVING WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED FOR THE DEATH OF THE GUYS. HE ONLY GOT 12 AND A HALF YEARS IN PRISON. HE WILL SERVE ONLY 8 YEARS FOR TAKING 3 LIVES. THERE ARE 4 KIDS THAT HAVE TO GROW UP WITHOUT THEIR DADS. I KNOW YOUR PAIN AND IT NEVER GOES AWAY.

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