ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thursday is a National Day of remembrance for victims and families impacted by drunk or impaired drivers.
Clarissa Tullis credits MADD with helping her get her life back together after her sister's death in 2004 in a crash with a drunk driver. "I was lost. I wanted to die," she said.
Tullis was hit by a man who ran a stop sign at Schley and Palmyra Road. Arnold Gray was convicted of DUI and Vehicular Homicide, and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
But Clarissa was also a victim. She said the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving made a difference. "It had been hard due to the drunk driver. That's what got us close to MADD. Actually it helped us."
Today Tullis and her family still attend candlelight vigils and MADD walks, seeking comfort with others who have gone through tragedy.
"It's the heart. All the pain and the suffering that you go through. So you get to meet and greet with other people going through the same thing you were going through."
With the holidays, lots of South Georgians will be attending parties and socials. She asks you to think before you drink and drive.
"How serious it can be. And how it effects people's lives. And the only thing we can try to do is to get them to be more aware of what you are doing. Instead of drinking and driving."
The Tullis family still mourns Kristy's death 11 years later, and say they never want others to have to go through that pain.
The Georgia MADD Annual Vigil for Victims will be Saturday at 2:00 in Atlanta at the Georgia Power Headquarters on Ralph McGill Boulevard. Clarissa will be there, remembering her sister and her unborn child.