The families of a young couple who were killed when their vehicle was pushed into the oncoming traffic by a disabled driver are begging the public to consider the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The families of 20-year-old Macy Boyce and 21-year-old Ethan Halford commemorate the two as dedicated college students with the promise of a bright future.
According to police, Boyce and Halford were traveling northbound on Highway 21 near Trochu, Alta., Around 1 p.m. 22.00 on 17 June when their vehicle was driven backwards by another motorist who was driving too fast. The couple’s car subsequently drove over the center line and was hit by an oncoming semi-truck.
Police said Boyce and Halford were both pronounced dead at the scene.
“We take comfort in knowing that they did not suffer and were together at the end of their too short lives,” the families said in a statement.
“We ask the public to remember their names and consider the consequences of disabled driving. No family should live through this pain and grieve over everything we have been denied in the coming hours, days and years. “
The families explained that the couple were on their way to their first getaway this summer after Boyce completed his third year at the University of Calgary for a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, and Halford studied his third year in Civil Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.
Three Hills RCMP has filed charges against the driver of the vehicle that hit the couple’s car, including allegations of impaired driving.
‘We do not know and do not know what made the accused decide to drive the way he did that night. We only suffer from the consequences of decisions, ”the families said.
“The consequences of the choices made have irreversibly affected our family, friends and everyone whose lives were touched by these two beautiful young people.”
Boyce was a generous, courageous and courageous young woman, said her family, whose sense of personal responsibility was due in part to her participation in the Calgary Police Service Cadets. She loved to travel and planned to travel abroad to practice her French bilingualism.
“An advocate for women’s rights, animal welfare and social justice, Macy’s was known for speaking out on issues she believed in,” her family said.
Halford was a caring, calm and inspiring young man, his family said. He was athletic and played baseball, skied, refereed with his father and competed at the highest level for amateur wake-surfing.
“His time here has left an impression on those who were fortunate to have met him,” his family said.
Rick Lundy, Calgary president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said it’s devastating to see two more lives taken because someone got behind the wheel.
“We are sometimes frustrated because we think this will be the story that changes people’s minds, and yet we see the same thing happen again. When will people get it? It’s a simple solution: do not drive hampered,” he said. Lundy.
“There is no excuse for this at all. With the education out there about the dangers, the amount of people who have lost their lives or been seriously injured in accidents with reduced driving, we need to learn that this must stop. This is not right. “
Lundy said there are easy and accessible options to get home safely without being disabled, and he urges everyone who is going out to make a plan for how to get home safely. Having a plan before they go out ensures that someone does not make decisions about how to get home while they are debilitated.
“This family will never be the same again,” Lundy said. “We need people to learn from it, and we need people to stand up and say, enough is enough.”
MADD Canada helps with survivors and victim support and can be contacted at 1-800-665-6233 or 905-829-8805. They work to connect people with the appropriate resources for the complex trauma they are experiencing.
The Three Hills RCMP charged Richard Douglas Bell, 42, of Elnora, Alta., With two counts of dangerous operation, causing death, two counts of impaired driving, causing death, impaired driving, and refusal to provide a sample.
Bell was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in Drumheller Provincial Court on June 24.