The families of a young couple who died when their vehicle was pushed into oncoming traffic by a disabled driver are begging the public to think about the consequences of drunk driving.
The families of 20-year-old Macy Boyce and 21-year-old Ethan Halford remember the two as devoted college students with the promise of a bright future.
According to police, Boyce and Halford were driving north on Highway 21 near Trochu, Alta, about 10 p.m. on June 17. The couple’s car then drove over the centerline and was hit by an oncoming semi-truck.
Police said Boyce and Halford were both pronounced dead at the scene.
“We take comfort in the knowledge 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 think about the consequences of drink-driving. No family should have to go through this pain, mourning all that we have been denied for hours, days and years.”
The families explained that the couple was heading for their first vacation of the summer after Boyce completed her third year at the University of Calgary for a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Halford completed his third year of Civil Engineering at the University of Calgary. Saskatchewan.
Three Hills RCMP has filed charges against the driver of the vehicle that hit the couple’s car, including a driving ban.
“We do not and cannot know what led the suspect to decide to drive the way he did that night. We only suffer the consequences of decisions,” said the families.
“The consequences of the choices made have irrevocably touched our family, friends and everyone whose lives have been touched by these two beautiful young people.”
Boyce was a generous, bold and courageous young woman, her family said, whose sense of personal responsibility was due in part to her participation in Calgary Police Service Cadets. She loved to travel and planned to travel abroad to practice her French bilingualism.
“Macy was an advocate for women’s rights, animal welfare and social justice and was known for speaking out for causes she believed in,” her family says.
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 of amateur wakesurfing.
“His time here left an impression on those who were lucky enough to have met him,” his family said.
Rick Lundy, the president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Calgary, said it was terrible to see two more lives taken because someone became disabled behind the wheel.
“We are sometimes frustrated because we think this is going to be the story that will change people’s minds, and yet we see the same thing happening again. When are people going to make it? It’s a simple solution: don’t drive with a disability,” says Lundy.
“There’s just no excuse for it at all. With the education out there about the dangers, the number of people who have lost their lives or been seriously injured in road accidents with disabilities, we must learn that this has to stop. This is not okay.”
Lundy said there are easy and accessible options for getting home safely without driving, and he encourages anyone going out to make a plan about how they will get home safely. Having a plan before you go out will help keep someone from making decisions about how to get home with a disability.
“This family will never be the same,” Lundy said. “We need people to learn from it, and we need people to stand up and say, enough is enough.”
MADD Canada assists with bereaved families and victim support and can be reached at 1-800-665-6233 or 905-829-8805. They work to connect people with the right resources for the complex trauma they are experiencing.
Three Hills RCMP charged Richard Douglas Bell, 42, of Elnora, Alta., with two counts of a dangerous operation that resulted in death, two counts of a deranged operation that resulted in death, impaired driving and refusal to to provide sample.
Bell was remanded in custody and is due to appear in Drumheller court on June 24.