“I would’ve traded spots with him man, I would’ve traded spots with him bruh, I kiss the dude every day, you know.”
For the first time in a year, the family of Caleb Loots returned to the place the teen was hit and killed by a drunk driver.
“This has always been a dark spot for us because of what tragedy took place here. In passing we have only come by here twice, not even realizing where we were at” said Caleb’s Stepfather, Ron Alexander
Alexander said, the last 365 days has been a blur without his son.
“I can’t even remember what was going through my head that day.”
Monday evening, the family set up a makeshift memorial. Along highway 44, there are now signs alerting drivers about the dangers of driving drunk.
“Along with the yellow signs being put in the ground, Mothers Against Drunk Driving are also handing out red ribbons, something they say can be useful this holiday season.”
“Designated driving ribbon, you can tie it to your car or pass it out, hand it to your friend. It’s just a reminder that it’s so important to designate a driver.”
Kelly Dair with MADD said, this time of year, they see an uptick in crashes involving impaired drivers.
“It’s been a pretty consistent number of drunk driving crashes throughout the year but yeah holidays and Christmas time are a big event for that” said Dair.
Praying through the pain, Alexander said, he hopes what happened to his son serves as a lesson for anyone thinking about getting behind the wheel, drunk.
“Motorcycles are everywhere. I just want to make people aware.”