Drunk driving impacts local family


As you head out to celebrate the new year, make sure to have a plan to get home safely.

Christy Barnett’s son was killed by a drunk driver two years ago. Now, she is pleading that no one drink and drive.

“If you’re going to drink, don’t just trust who’s with you, call somebody,” said Barnett.

Matthew Pressnell was in the car with a drunk driver on August 20th, 2016, leading to his death at age 21. His mother says she never wants anyone else to go through what her family has been through. Matthew’s family says their lives were flipped upside down and the family will never be same.

Matthew’s younger sister, Amber Pressnell, said, “I lost the first best friend that I ever had, that I thought I would have after my parents were gone.”

“His birthdays were the hardest. What would he look like? What dreams would he have fulfilled? Would he be married? And I’ll never know, because somebody made a choice to drink and drive and they took it away from me. They took all that away from me,” said Barnett.

If you or someone you know has lost someone to drunk driving and need help, you can reach out to Kim Crawford with the Homicide Survivors Program at (256) 551-1610.

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