After reading all of these comments, I hope that an organization is formed where a person can alert a counselor about a person who others might think has a drinking problem and may be at risk of harming others. If the counselor does nothing more than tell the person to NEVER get behind the wheel of a car after drinking and relay the details of this tragic accident, that program may prevent others from having to endure this kind of suffering and loss.
The keys to the car are another factor that has to be dealt with. I recently read a story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about a man who was not conscious of getting into the car to drive while intoxicated. All he knew was that he woke up in the parking lot of a liquor store but since he didn't realize where he was, he drove around with a bottle of liquor in his hand until he figured it out.
Depending upon the nature of alcoholism, a person may not make a choice to get behind the wheel of a car and drive. I don't know what happened in Keenan's situation.
Also, secrecy is a big part of acoholism. As a relative of Keenan, basicly all I knew was that his father had alcoholism problems and after returning from Vietnam, is in a very incapacitated state. What impact that had on Keenan, I have no idea.
A sober existence where zero alcohol is consumed is the only route for people who are not conscious of their actions after drinking and have no "too many drinks" turn off mechanism. I pray that if Keenan is given a another chance, he realizes this and seeks the help he needs, regardless of cost.
My sympathy and deepest compassion go out to the family and friends of Randy Tallon. Never in my life would I have wanted such a tragedy to occur. As a relative of Keenan Broussard, I pray that you forgive him even though it seems impossible now.
If any of you have had any experience with alcoholism, it is a living hell. The cravings and panic attacks can turn a person into someone not recognizable to even himself. Genetics can play a role also as Keenan's father was affected by alcoholism.
Keenan as well as his family are suffering. I, who also have a son, am suffering. I took my son to a session on Thursday where an attorney spoke to teens/parents on the topic of Teens and the Law in Georgia. While there, I only wished that Keenan had had this opportunity.
In case you don't know, Keenan has continuously respected his mother and others who came into his life. I wish he would have sought help before this tradegy occurred. Maybe he did but unsuccessfully. Unfortunately, we all must live with the consequences, even Keenan who would never intentionally harm anyone. We are all suffering pain so please find it in your hearts to forgive Keenan and help him get the help he needs. He struggled so much to become an engineer and things do happen for a reason, even though we may not know what it is now.
Alison, get well, I will keep you in my prayers. To all Randy's friends, judging others comes easy but forgiveness takes courage and belief in God's ability to heal.