Sign along highway honors Colquitt County teen killed by drunk driver

Sign along highway honors Colquitt County teen killed by drunk driver

COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - A new sign along a South Georgia highway serves as a somber reminder of the dangers of drunk driving. It honors a Colquitt County teenager killed by a drunk driver.

The Family members of Josh Pritchett hope the new sign will make people think twice before getting behind the wheel impaired.

"I just think it's really good that people get to see it and remember him," said Dakota Baker, Josh Pritchett's Sister.

The sign sits nearly half a mile away from where 19-year-old Josh Pritchett was hit and killed by a drunk driver along Highway 33 in Doerun nearly five years ago. His sister, 16-year-old Dakota Baker says he was loved by everyone.

"He was loving, very caring and a bubbly person," said Baker.

Pritchett was with his girlfriend when he pulled over on the side of the road to get a jacket out the back of his truck. He was struck by Shane Bush.

"I can't really explain it that well," said Baker. "I mean I just collapsed when I found out. I mean it just seemed unreal."

Pritchett's girlfriend was seriously injured but survived. For two years the family has worked with the Department of Transportation to get the sign to keep Pritchett's legacy alive.

"It means that he'll never be forgotten and that when people drive by they'll get to see somebody got killed here because of a reason that could've been prevented," said Baker.

Since her brother's death, Dakota has committed herself to speaking about the dangers of drunk driving as a National Teen Influencer and speaker at Victim Impact Panels through Mother's Against Drunk Driving.

"It's where people who have been arrested for DUI go to classes and then I'll speak to them to tell my story and hopefully to change their mind," said Baker.

Baker hopes the sign will have the same effect.

"Just don't ever drink and drive and don't make excuses for it," said Baker.

The Drunk Driver, Shane Bush, is serving a 10 year prison sentence.  Pritchett's family will hold a memorial in September on 5th anniversary of his death.

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