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Mother of deceased son urges community not to drink and drive

For the past 9 years, his mother Elizabeth Villarreal has made it her mission to honor her son’s life by educating the public about how one person’s decisions can affect the lives of others.
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 5:50 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - A Laredo mother urges people to think twice before drinking and driving this holiday season.

On November 24, 2011, Derek Trevino lost his life after a drunk driver ran a red light and crashed into his car.

For the past 9 years, his mother Elizabeth Villarreal has made it her mission to honor her son’s life by educating the public about how one person’s decisions can affect the lives of others.

She created the organization “Laredoans Against Drunk Driving,” also known as LADD.

Villarreal says it saddens her to know that people continue to overlook the dangers of drinking and driving.

“We ask that community to not be that person who is going to cut someone’s dream short. Because it is not only they victim they are creating, but also the victims they are leaving behind. There are thousands of us all over the world. In Texas, the numbers are high, and also in Webb County. We just really want everyone to have a safe holiday.”

If you plan to drink, Villarreal asks you to have a plan.

She adds there is no excuse, you can call a friend or a ride sharing service.

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