“Over 29 people a day die from drunk driving,” said Rêve in the PSA. “You do the math, that’s too many. One of those persons was my grandmother and I miss her very much.”
Rêve presented her PSA to the judge at the time of the sentencing of the driver who caused the fatal accident. There was not a “dry eye in the house” according to her mother Krissy.
“The judge later stated that in her many years on the bench, she had never seen anything like Rêve’s message,” said Krissy. “Rêve hopes and we all hope that hearing what drinking and driving can do from the mouth of a child will really make people think before they drink.”
In the video, Rêve also sings a song she wrote for her Nana. “The power of [Rêve’s] words was so strong. She was saying/singing exactly what the entire family was feeling,” said Krissy.
Peggy Stewart Braun was in the car with her husband Bill and two other family members at the time of the accident in Golden, Colorado on February 22. Braun died at the scene, while the crash inflicted serious injuries including broken ribs and vertebrae on the other family members.
William Randolph Lenox, the driver who caused the accident, registered a blood alcohol level of .136 at the time.
On July 2, Lenox was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to all charges related to the accident, including vehicular homicide and reckless driving.
Drunk-driving crashes cause more than 10,000 deaths each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Approximately one-third of all traffic accident deaths in the U.S. involve drunk drivers.