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    by Becky Padilla
    Published - 05/16/14 - 01:35 PM | 1 1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Drowsy Driving
    Drowsy Driving
    (WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah) - During the early morning hours of May 23rd, 2012 my husband Donald Padilla was on his way to work. On this same morning, 2 young men were traveling back to their homes, returning from a popular, end of school year event at the local High School called "Senior Sunrise". After having been awake all night, the young man that would be the driver made a decision that would change the life of everyone who knew my husband. Driving on the opposite side of the highway from my Donald, this young driver fell asleep and crossed 4 lanes of traffic, hitting Donald head-on. Apparently, upon seeing this car swerve toward him, Donald tried to avoid the accident, but fate would see otherwise. Donald was life-flighted to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. He passed away that evening from his injuries. No human being should have to endure a senseless loss such as this. Poor choices made by these young men, their parents and the school resulted in this horrible, irreversible tragedy.

    Donald was the love of my life, as well as a devoted father and husband. He was the one who could always bring a smile to your face, make you laugh and feel good about life. We were going to be leaving that coming weekend to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. Instead, I had to watch our children, his mother and every other member of our family stand back and take in this nightmare from which we could not wake.

    Donald was a such a hard worker as he worked full time for Washington City and part time for Bakston Freight to try and give his family a better life. Washington City and Bakston Freight, along with our community sprung into action to help in any way they could when they heard the news about Donald's accident. I had people come out of nowhere to help our family in such ways as: complete strangers showing up at my door with food, handing family members money at the grocery store, and making donations. I could never express our family's appreciation to everyone for all the help and prayers. Now I'm asking for help in spreading the word against drowsy driving.

    We always tried to teach our family/children to "Live your own life with no regrets." I am fortunate to say that in my life with Donald, I had no regrets, other than he was taken from us too soon. I can't begin to imagine the regrets these young men, their parents and all others involved live with every day, and will for the rest of their mortal existence.

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    Becky P
    May 16, 2014
    Please read & share this article. Help us raise awareness for Drowsy Driving. If your tired stay where your at and have a nap don't chance it. It's better to be late than to kill someone or yourself. Don't take the chance don't drive drowsy!!!
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