Painful Memories for Drunk Driving Victims

Kekai Seaburry
Kekai Seaburry

KAKAAKO (KHNL) - Four years have passed since Kekai Seabury lost his father, but the pain is still fresh. His dad, Ramus, died after a driver hit his truck head-on in Waimanalo.

"I grabbed my dad's hand and I was telling him, 'I love you dad, everything is going to be all right, hang in there we're going to get help' and all I heard was a gargling of breath or gargling of blood," says Seabury.

Today, Kekai spends his time honoring his dad's memory through Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

"Helping MADD, it heals, it helps just expressing my feelings," he says.

Feelings many others like Kekai share at a candlelight vigil held at MADD's memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park.

"There's 3 people up there with holes in their hearts and the whole idea of the statue is that when there's an impaired driving crash it takes a little piece of each person in that family and it's not just one person that's impacted by it, it's the whole family and the whole community," says MADD Executive Director, Leah Marx.

The vigil not only honors victims of impaired drivers, it also helps victims' families find comfort in one another. For Kekai, his comfort is in his work.

"If I can just stop one from drinking and driving I did my job," he says.

A job he says is the only silver lining in his loss and grief.

MADD says last year, impaired drivers took the lives of 84 people in Hawaii.

Also at the vigil, MADD recognized law enforcement officers for their continuous battle against drunk drivers.