BUFFALO,NY --- Thousands of people are killed by drunk driving each year. Preventative measures are taken with check points to get impaired drivers off the road. But Western New York families directly affected by these tragedies are doing something on their own.
"He had been drinking and came flying by. He lost control of his motorcycle and slammed into my daughter Jocelyn sending her 132 feet through the air," The Elberson's explained.
The Elberson's are remembering their daughter Jocelyn Elberson who was tragically killed by an impaired driver.
To spread awareness and educate people 'Crusade Against Impaired Driving' organizers are playing ball at their annual softball tournament fundraiser.
"Everybody's lost someone," Linda Dion explains. "You feel like you're all family no matter what -- kinda forced into it you know."
Linda came to the event remembering her grandchild. Pictures crowded a table that told stories of many other families whose loved one won't be coming home.
"The victims of DWI crashes are real people with real families and real friends that miss them day in and day out," Executive Director Deanna Russo said.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that 10,000 people are killed and another 315,000 injured in drunk driving crashes each year.
These families feel the deaths are preventable encouraging people to not drink and drive, so they too don't become a statistic.
"Really we're here to remember the victims," Russo said. "Hopefully when some the players see what we're doing, they'll think twice when they're out at the bars."