DUI driver vic­tim to speak at GPTC

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Chris Sandy was a nor­mal 22-year-old kid. He en­joyed play­ing sports, fish­ing and hang­ing out with his friends. In 2000, that nor­mal life came to an abrupt end when Chris de­cided to go to a party, slam down four drinks, and then drive on a coun­try road out­side At­lanta, Ga. Trav­el­ing at a speed of 77 mph in a 35-mph speed zone, Sandy’s car crashed into an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle, killing the el­derly cou­ple in the on­com­ing car.

Sandy will chron­i­cle his jour­ney and re­grets dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion to­day at 4 p.m., at the Con­fer­ence Cen­ter of Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege’s New­ton Cam­pus Build­ing D, lo­cated at 8100 Bob Wil­liams Park­way in Cov­ing­ton, Ga. 30014.

The pre­sen­ta­tion, hosted by the Col­lege’s Law En­force­ment Academy, is free and open to the pub­lic.

Sandy’s oral tes­ti­mony about im­paired driv­ing and its con­se­quences will be in­ter­wo­ven with the show­ing of the 2008 DUI tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­tary “En­dur­ing Re­gret: Chris Sandy’s Story of Liv­ing Life Af­ter Caus­ing Death.” In 2009, the doc­u­men­tary won two Emmy Awards–one for Best Doc­u­men­tary for a tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ta­tion with dra­matic im­pact and one for Best Di­rec­tor–from the South­east Chap­ter of the Na­tional Academy of Tele­vi­sion Arts and Sciences.

Sandy was charged and con­victed on two counts of ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide by DUI and spent 8½ years in prison. Dur­ing his in­car­cer­a­tion, Sandy’s com­mit­ment to prevent­ing oth­ers from re­peat­ing his mis­takes, led him to share his story with more than 130,000 young peo­ple in Ge­or­gia. Sandy was re­leased from prison in 2009 and is serv­ing the re­main­der of his sen­tence on pa­role/ pro­ba­tion un­til 2031.

Now a con­sul­tant at At­lanta-based En­dur­ing Re­gret, the former in­mate con­tin­ues shar­ing his live “En­dur­ing Re­gret” pre­sen­ta­tions to peo­ple of all ages at schools, col­leges, con­fer­ences, mil­i­tary bases, and busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tions na­tion­wide.

Join­ing Sandy on­stage will be Eric Krug–once a stand­out base­ball player at Oglethorpe Univer­sity in At­lanta–a vic­tim of a DUI crash.

Krug was a typ­i­cal col­lege stu­dent en­joy­ing life, hang­ing out with friends and hav­ing a good time. But the life that he knew came to an abrupt and hor­rific end on his 21st birth­day. On that night, Krug made a life-al­ter­ing choice: he and three other friends got into a car that was be­ing driven by a drunk driver. The drunk driver crashed into trees, killing Krug’s team­mate and best friend. He suf­fered head trauma and was left in a coma for over a year. Be­cause of the trau­matic brain in­jury that he sus­tained, Krug lives with com­pli­ca­tions. He is un­able to speak and uses adap­tive equip­ment to com­mu­ni­cate with oth­ers; he has short-term me­mory loss and has dif­fi­cul­ties re­call­ing im­por­tant events in his life. From the hor­rific crash, Krug must walk with the as­sis­tance of a walker or use a wheel­chair. Like his col­league Chris Sandy, Krug has made it his mis­sion to save lives by shar­ing his pow­er­ful and in­spi­ra­tional story at mid­dle schools, high schools, col­leges, churches, and mil­i­tary bases na­tion­wide. Krug’s in­spir­ing mes­sage is de­liv­ered through an iPad and voice of his mother Joyce Krug or Sandy–his brother in law.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the “En­dur­ing Re­gret” doc­u­men­tary, visit en­dur­ingre­gret.org. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Sandy and Krug pre­sen­ta­tions at GPTC, call Bev­erly Thomas, chair of the Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Di­vi­sion of Health, Pub­lic Safety & Se­cu­rity at (404) 297-9522, ext. 5302.Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, a unit of the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia, pro­motes a stu­dent-cen­tered en­vi­ron­ment for life­long learn­ing and devel­op­ment, en­com­pass­ing aca­demic and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion for em­ploy­ment in a global com­mu­nity. The Col­lege has nine cen­ters of learn­ing in DeKalb, New­ton, Rock­dale, and Mor­gan coun­ties. Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege cur­rently has more than 5,000 stu­dents en­rolled in di­ploma or de­gree pro­grams and more than 9,000 in adult ed­u­ca­tion classes. Aca­demic and Tech­ni­cal pro­grams at Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech cover more than 120 dif­fer­ent oc­cu­pa­tions. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit web­site at GPTC.edu.

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