The vice president of the Prince Albert MADD Chapter is hoping the tragic tale of a young girl may help discourage people from drinking and driving.
Robyn Keays said she was very upset when she heard Aurora Brandi Ledoux was taken off life support Tuesday. Her mother Brandi Ledoux was struck by a drunk driver while pregnant. Brandi was rushed to hospital and Aurora was born premature in July of 2013 via an emergency c-section. Brandi did not survive, and Aurora has required assistance to breathe and eat, and relied on medication to control seizures ever since.
Keays said Aurora's life was stymied from the start by a drunk driver.
"You know she never had the chance to be a normal child, she never had the chance to learn how to talk, and walk, and run," Keays said.
The man responsible for the drunk driving incident, Jeremiah Jobb, received a four year prison sentence for his crime. At the time of the sentencing, the court had heard Jobb's blood alcohol level was two-and-a-half times over the legal limit. Jobb had also denied an offer from a designated driver earlier in the evening.
Keays said she hoped Aurora's story would help encourage people to make smarter choices.
"We can't prevent people from making that choice. We just want to educate them on how to make that choice," she said.
Keays passed along her condolences to Aurora's family, and added no family should have go through what they have experienced.
Aurora was taken off life support Tuesday. Her family said Wednesday she was on oxygen and morphine to alleviate any pain.
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