Dawn, her three youngest children, and her son’s girlfriend were driving home from a basketball game in December 2021 when they were hit head-on by a drunk driver.
“The drunk driver was three times the legal limit, and he was traveling on the wrong side of the interstate at a high rate of speed when he slammed into their vehicle,” says Katie, Dawn’s daughter.

Dawn, who was severely injured and went to the hospital as a level 1 trauma, and her son’s girlfriend were the only survivors. Her 20-year-old daughter, Lindy, died instantly; her 17-year-old son, Christopher, died at the hospital; and her 15-year-old daughter, Kamryn, passed away from her injuries.
“The emotional trauma and the extreme grief has been the hardest of all to navigate,” Dawn says.
“Their deaths didn’t have to happen. They were senseless,” Katie adds.
Hear more of their story in the video above, including Dawn’s message for a woman who admits to driving drunk thousands of times.
On Friday’s episode, “Behind the Wheel: Drunk and Deadly,” Laura says she generally drinks one-and-a-half 750ml bottles of vodka at a time, and even though she has three DUIs, she still drinks and drives. Then, on Monday, “Addicted to Driving Drunk: Laura’s Final Decision,” another mother who lost her daughter to a drunk driver and the man who killed her daughter have a message for Laura. Will Laura change her life? Check local listings to see where you can watch.

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