On the evening of Christmas Day 2016, a horrible tragedy impacted two different families in San Jose, California. According to police, a 25-year-old female driver crossed into the opposite lane of traffic, crashing head-on into another vehicle.
The driver was killed and authorities believe she had been under the influence. They suspect that before getting behind the wheel, she attended a pre-Christmas party at a bar where she had been drinking.
And then there’s the car that was struck that day — which was driven by a man who was with his wife and their son. 14-year-old Andrew Nguyen was also killed in the accident.
The officers from the San Jose Police Department who were on-scene that night signed a card for Andrew’s family. They rallied together and drove to the family’s house to offer their condolences. As they stood around the living room table, Officer Tori DelliCarpini noticed the boy’s Christmas presents wrapped up and placed in a pile. “Presents that I’m sure were hard-earned and deserved, and supposed to be opened just several hours after the accident,” the officer said.
KTVU news anchor Frank Somerville took to Facebook to re-post what Officer Tori DelliCarpini said about the accident: All collisions and loss of life calls bother me, but this in particular made my heart ache. This family lost their son on Christmas morning to something that NEVER should have happened. Don’t drink and drive. The devastation felt has a ripple effect. Have a designated driver, call an Uber, call a taxi, sleep in your car, stay at a friend’s place, call your mother, hell, call the police. Have that talk with your kids and family members. No age is “too old” or “too young.”
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