When this 21-year-old took this picture, she couldn't believe that the worst possible was about to...
Destiny and Corey were all ready to rejoice in their 7th year anniversary of marital bliss.They had been sweethearts since the age of 15 and 16, they knew they were perfect for each other and tied the knot 3 years later. Since then their marriage had been marvelous. The next natural step was a child.
Their son Parker Lee was born and life seemed like it had endless opportunities. New plans were made, grander plans, a house was on the list and their was even a plan to make the family bigger!They were all a team, working together, mapping out a bright future.
20th September 2014
Then came 20th September 2014.It was a day that would change everything.The change was something that neither Corey nor Destiny could have predicted. It was a destructive change and it's source would be a complete stranger. The young mother posted this on Facebook one year after this incident to help her deal with the change and bring closure into her life.
"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."
A Devastated Family
It further went on, "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 hair cut, 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 who 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 loose his fight 24 hours later. She would cause a family to be devastated and emergency personnel to need counseling."
DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE
"One selfish decision to drink and drive caused me to be a widow and a mom to an angel at the age of 21. The woman who took their life has caused me many nightmares, with the news of various reports being released such as an autopsy of my baby being sent to me. 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 a wife died as well. I've since had to find myself. I never knew the strength I could pull out of myself. I think I was able to find this strength through the prayers and support of my 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 have all been prevented if someone would have stepped up and stopped this selfish woman from drinking and driving. You can save someones 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. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!"
It Is Up To You
Share this message that Destiny learned the hard way. So that we do not have to see such a day ourselves. All of Destiny's hopes and dreams, her plans were wrenched away and destroyed in the blink of an eye. She now spends her days piecing together what was broken.
And the drunk driver? She ended up dying in the accident as well. Destiny at least had hoped that the woman's family would step up and apologize for their daughter's behavior on her behalf. But that has not happened. The sad thing is that the woman was coming from a wedding reception and Destiny believes that there had to be at least 100 people who could have stepped up and stopped this woman from getting behind the wheel.
Please help this young woman get the message out there, especially since she has received no closure from the family. It's up to us to spread the word of what a destructive, selfish action can have on the lives of good people who did nothing wrong to deserve such a tragic outcome.And it is up to us to ensure that the same does not happen to anyone else.
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