Mother warns of holiday impaired driving dangers

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - A central Indiana mother is asking everyone to make smart choices this 4th of July weekend. Pam Kelshaw lost her 17-year-old daughter in a violent alcohol-related crash 13 years ago.

"Birthdays, holidays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, it's all hard you never get over losing a child," said Kelshaw.

Her husband and son were in the front seat of a minivan. Her daughter Silina was in the back. They were coming through an intersection at Cumberland Road and Field Road in Noblesville, when a driver who'd been drinking ran a stop sign.

"A guy traveling at 115 miles per hour hit them from behind," said Kelshaw.

Silina suffered massive brain injuries and died. The driver would later be charged with vehicular homicide.

Kelshaw felt the pain of impaired driving once, but didn't expect to feel it again.

"My nephew and his wife were coming home from church in Madison County and were hit by an off-duty officer under the influence of drugs," said Kelshaw.

Her nephew Jesse Sperry died in that crash in April 2014 in Madison County. His wife Rebecca was pregnant and had to be rushed to the hospital for emergency delivery of a baby girl. Off-duty Edgewood police officer James Foutch is charged with reckless homicide and other charges. Tests showed he was under the influence of painkillers and an anti-anxiety drug while behind the wheel.

"We don't want anybody to experience what we've gone through," said Kelshaw, "The dangers increase dramatically when the holidays are on the weekend."

Kelshaw said you can be responsible. Find a designated driver. Call a cab. Call an Uber, just don't get behind the wheel if you're impaired, because another victim for this mother is one too many.

"There's too many choices out there," she said, No more victims do we need to have out on the roads."

With so many events this weekend, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Uber are teaming up to get people where they need to go safely. MADD will get one dollar for each rider in any of Uber's 70 U.S. cities who use the Uber MADD promo code. MADD will also receive $10 for each new Uber user who signs up and uses the Uber MADD promo code on July 4th.

For more about MADD and Uber's partnership, click here.

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