Study: Alabama ranks 4th for fatal DUIs

Study: Alabama ranks 4th for fatal DUIs
(Source: WAFF)
Dezmond Dennis (Source: Family)
Dezmond Dennis (Source: Family)

(WAFF) - Alabama ranks fourth in the country for fatal DUIs. ValuePenguin research finds nearly six of every 100,000 residents are killed by drunk drivers.

"I didn't believe it until I seen his lifeless body," said Destiny Dennis.

Dezmond Dennis was killed on Martin Road in Huntsville on Oct. 25, 2013. He and his friend, Andres Gentry, were hit by Michael Draper, who was driving under the influence two times over the legal limit.

Unfortunately, more than two-thirds of all DUI fatalities in Alabama involve high blood alcohol levels. For Dennis' family, it's been a long five years without him.

"When I think of my brother, I think of love, care. He had one of the biggest hearts that you can ever imagine," Destiny said. "Football was his passion. He absolutely loved football. He was just about to go to Colorado to play football."

Draper is spending the next two decades in prison for the deadly drunk driving crash.

Destiny has a message for others who may get behind the wheel after drinking.

Don't even think about doing it. If you've had one drink, call, call somebody you know, call a cab or Uber, just something," she said. "I don't want other people's family to have to go through what I've been through."

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More than half of the DUI fatalities in the state are 21 years and younger.

"One way to combat that is get yourself a plan, if you are going to drive get yourself a designated driver and make sure that person has not been drinking themselves," said ALEA spokesman Trooper Curtis Summerville.

A careless preventable act that can costs families so much heartache.

"I think of him every day. Everything I do, I do it for my brother," Destiny explained.

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