Mother begs drivers to be safe on Palm Beach County roads this holiday

DUI crashes impact Rivera Beach family twice

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - Charlotte Darville never thought she would dedicate her life to educating people about the dangers of drinking and driving. 

That passion came after the pain and suffering of losing her only daughter, Kim, in a DUI crash in 1999. 

"She was only a quarter-mile from home. Witnesses say there was nothing she could do.  He crossed the center line and hit her head on," said Darville. 

Also, in the car that night, Charlotte's 6-month-old grandson, Noah. Her daughter died, but Noah survived. 

"We still have part of her here in our grandson," said Darville. "The older he gets, the more he looks like her."

She is a victim's advocate, and speaks to classes of DUI offenders to save lives. 

"I beg people not to go out and drink and drive," said Darville.

She knows she can't prevent every tragedy, but she says if she's made one person think again, it's all worth it. 

"If you're not thinking about yourself, think about your family. Your family wants you to come home safe too," said Darville. "It's a senseless act that can be prevented."

The unthinkable happened again in her family last year when her son was hit by a drunk driver. He wasn't seriously hurt, but it reignited her desire to continue to educate.

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