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DUI crash survivor raises awareness on drinking, driving

Posted: Updated: May 25, 2012 10:24 PM

A Franklin mother is sharing her story of loss in the hopes it keeps people from drinking and driving this Memorial Day weekend.

Millie Webb was hit by a drunk driver in 1971.

Her four-year-old daughter and 19-month-old nephew were both killed in the wreck. Her husband suffered burns on nearly half of his body as he tried to save his family.  

"My husband remained in the car as it toppled over and got out with his bare hands and suffered burns over 45% of his body as he used his hands to extinguish our flames," Millie said.

Millie also suffered burns on more than 75% of her body. She was seven months pregnant at the time of the tragic accident.

"My child, Kara was born two months premature and because of my injuries and her premature birth, she is legally blind," she said.

Since the fiery crash, Millie has spent several years advocating for drunk driving regulations and served as the national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving for two years.

She also helped get the legal limit for DUI lowered to .08.

"The most frequently committed violent crime in America [is] drunk driving [which] is 100% preventable. That's why it's so hard for victims," Millie said. "If you are going to drink just stay home and if you are going to have a party, be responsible."

Millie is scheduled to participate in MADD's upcoming event at Bicentennial Park on June 2. The event raises money for the non-profit organization.

"We can't change the past, but we can do everything in our power to keep it from happening to someone else," she said.

In 2011, 19 people were killed on Tennessee roadways during Memorial Day weekend. Of those accidents, six were alcohol related.  

For more information on Mother's Against Drunk Driving, visit MADD.org.

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