The drunk driving accidents in this country have began groups like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and many other efforts to get everyone to stop and get a designated driver when they’ve had a few too many drinks. But, nothing much has changed in the last 25 years since the worst crash ever.
On May 14, 1988, 27 students and adults were killed in the worst drunk driving crash in U.S. history as a truck driver came up a road the wrong way and crashed into a school bus returning to Radcliff, Ky., from a church group amusement park outing. Karolyn Nunnallee was so altered by the accident that took her 10-year-old daughter’s life she later served as national president of MADD and now has partnered with survivor, Harold Dennis, to revisit the tragedy through the documentary Impact: After The Crash, according to People Magazine.
Harold Dennis was 14, at the time of the accident. He is now 34, and married with three children. His life was forever changed when his best friend and 26 others were consumed in the fiery inferno the school bus became when Larry Mahoney’s Toyota pick-up truck slammed into their bus. Dennis is the producer of the documentary and still can’t believe he survived the tragedy.
“I couldn’t breathe,” says Dennis, who was 14 at the time. “I knew my life was over and felt that frantic feeling that can’t be described unless you’ve gone through it,” he explained. “Someone on the outside grabbed my arm, put their foot on the bumper and literally pulled me out,” Dennis says. “I hit the asphalt and started running, even though I couldn’t see anything because my eyes were swollen shut. I could hear the screams and the explosions.”
The trailer for the documentary are below. The many lives that were shattered are still very closely mourning the loss of their loved ones and friends from the accident. Mahoney stayed in prison for 10 of the 17 years he received for killing 27 people by drinking and driving. They hope this documentary will remind someone who is preparing to get behind the wheel to drop the keys in someone else’s hands.
The National Transportation Safety Board used the film to hold a two-day forum May 15-16, 2013, in Washington D.C. on alcohol and drug impaired driving.
Check out the report below.