On Feb. 7, 2004, a young woman named Mandy LeGrand was traveling with her Aunt Tina following a trip to Arizona to visit her parents and grandmother. Mandy and her aunt were traveling north to the ultimate destination of Washington.
In the early hours of Feb. 7, a student going south on the wrong side of Highway 99 and entering the offramp onto Interstate 5 at about 85 miles an hour slammed into Mandy’s car.
Mandy and her aunt didn’t have a chance although she did try to swerve the car out of the way. Mandy was killed, Tina was seriously injured, and the student lived as well. I remember his name but have chosen not to mention it. The student received what we thought was a relatively light sentence for a DUI and vehicular manslaughter. However, he has to live with the fact that his choice to drink and drive changed everyone’s life connected to this tragedy forever.
Mandy’s mother wrote me the following: “All this for a few hours of fun.” Mandy was 34 years old.