The CEO of Irving-based Mother’s Against Drunk Driving says the deadly accident which killed Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown, Jr., Saturday morning was “completely preventable.”
Debbie Weir spoke with NEWS 92 FM about Brown’s death and the accident:
“Our hearts really go out to the family of Jerry Brown, obviously, such a young man with his whole life ahead of him,” Weir said. “The family is really going to go through immense grief. It’s just so tragic, especially during the holiday time, as it adds another layer of intensity to the grief.”
Jones was killed around 2:21 a.m. Saturday in Irving when the vehicle he was traveling in hit a curb, flipping the vehicle at least once before skidding to a stop in the middle of a road.
The driver, Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Price-Brent, was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony.
While the legal system will now deal with Price-Brent’s alleged drinking and driving, Weir said Jones’ family must cope with an unnecessary grief.
“The real tragedy, when there are drunk driving crashes, they are 100 percent preventable,” she said. “People need to plan ahead and designate a sober driver or take a cab, or take the bus, or have your friends take your keys and drive you home.
“Have your friend commit to being the sober driver, and next time, you can be the sober driver.”
While healing is possible from this tragedy, Weir said the victim’s family may deal with the intensity of Jones’ death for many years to come.
“We always say first there is the crash, and then there is the lifelong impact,” she said.”When someone dies in a vehicle car crash, it is shocking. There is no time to say goodbye. There are these questions about why, ‘why did this have to happen’, and it really is a life-long healing journey process.
“I don’t think there is ever full recovery. Over a period of time, the intensity will be less severe. Their life is forever changed now.”
Weir said MADD is there for Jones’ family, as for the victims and survivors of other drunk driving accidents. The organization provides emotional and grief support, in addition to education on drunk driving prevention.
The period between Thanksgiving and New Years is the deadliest time of year for drunk driving accidents, Weir said, and people should plan ahead on how they will get home from holiday parties and other social occasions.
“This is not against drinking alcohol or the consumption of alcohol, but we really want to continue to educate and promote that message of ‘don’t hurt yourself or someone else’,” she said.
For more information about MADD and its services, visit their website at http://madd.org, or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.
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