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“You May Be Gone From Me, But Our Story Is Not Yet Over.”

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On the anniversary of a tragic auto accident, a Missouri woman’s Facebook message has gone viral.

Destiny Mantia, her husband Corey, and their one-year-old son Parker were on their way to an appointment when the driver of a Chevy Suburban crossed the center line and slammed head-on into the family’s minivan. Parker and the driver of the Suburban died at the scene. Destiny and Corey were transported to the hospital where Corey died the next day. Destiny didn’t suffer any severe physical injuries, but doesn’t remember much about the accident. The family had all been wearing seat belts.

The accident, which occurred on Highway 47 near Hawk Point, Missouri, approximately 200 miles east of Kansas City. The two-lane stretch of road is the main thoroughfare for residents traveling from Hawk Point to Troy. An initial report offered no indication why the driver crossed the center line, but residents said it is hilly and curvy in many parts and has no shoulders. It was later determined that the Suburban driver was drunk at the time of the accident.

Destiny learned that the drunk driver was at a wedding reception prior to the accident. “I feel like there must have been at least 100 people that could’ve stopped her from driving that night,” she said. “My accident could have been prevented with one person speaking up.”

While residents have signed a petition urging for road improvements, Destiny wanted to do more. “How could I not help save someone else?” she said. Through her devastating experience, she hopes to help bring an end to drinking and driving.

Here is Destiny’s cry for action.

A year ago today was like many other days. Corey Mantia woke up and went to work. Parker and I stayed at home and played together all day. Corey later came home played with our sweet baby as we waited to load up for a wrap appointment. That spare cash was much needed for our little family. Well time comes for us to leave. Little did we know in a few short minutes everything would change. We would no longer get to live our future together. Any dreams we had would no longer happen together. We wouldn’t get to purchase our first house together, we wouldn’t get to take Parker for his first haircut, his first day at school, and our family would never grow. This would be it. Everything we would have ever known would come to an end and not by choice.

On our way to this wrap appointment my amazing husband whom was driving, my precious baby whom I still nursed and kept rear facing watching Mickey Mouse Club house, and I were struck nearly head on at an excessive speed by a drunk driver. This is a date and time that will forever be embedded in my head. The action of this one selfish person who thought they were “ok” to drive instantly took the life of my sweet innocent 15 month old son in the back seat. She would cause my husband and I to be air lifted from the scene where my husband would lose his fight 24 hours later. She would cause a family to be devastated and emergency personnel to need counseling.

One selfish decision to drink and drive caused me to be a widow and a mom to an angel at the age of 21. She has caused many nightmares with the news of various reports being released such as an autopsy of my baby being sent to me or many reconstruction pictures. Many things a 21 year old should never have to see or imagine. She ended any dreams that we may have had together and caused pain I never knew existed.

That day the Destiny that was a mom and wife died as well. I’ve sense had to find myself. I never knew the strength I could pull out that I never knew I had. I think I was able to find this strength through the prayers and support of many friends and family and also an amazing widows group who kept me knowing I was normal for feeling how I felt.

This hurt, pain and our future could of all been prevented if someone would have stepped up and stopped this selfish woman from drinking and driving. You can save someone’s life too! Don’t allow your friends and family drink and drive. Don’t share DUI checkpoints. Be an advocate! Stand up with me! Let’s stop this. One is too many. DONT DRINK AND DRIVE!

Mark Bello is the CEO and General Counsel of Lawsuit Financial Corporation, a pro-justice lawsuit funding company.