Aug 16, 2015 - CALGARY CHAPTER OF MOTHER'S AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING HITS THE HIGHWAY FOR ANNUAL POKER RUN FUNDRAISER [Tony Harrison]


Calgarian Karen Harrison is 45 years old this year.

The same age her brother Tony Harrison was when he was killed by an impaired driver.

“It’s very strange being the same age,” said Karen Harrison, right after she finished the 14th annual Motorcycle Poker Run fundraiser for Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Calgary Sunday.

Her only sibling, Tony, was killed while he was on a motorcycle July 2012.

“The guy who hit him was three times the legal limit, previously twice convicted of impaired driving and twice convicted of driving without a licence,” she said.

Tony was hit head-on by a van whose driver steered it over the centre line and into Tony’s lane.

“Tony tried to swerve to miss him,” said Harrison.

However, her brother was hit and killed instantly.

The driver of the van, Kelly James York, was handed six years in jail for the offence.

“It was devastating, my mom lost her only son, it pulled parts of our family apart, there was a lot of post-traumatic stress and grief to work through, that you still work through, that you have to work through for the rest of your life,” said Harrison.

Harrison rode in Sunday’s fundraiser along with 64 other riders, to bring awareness to the consequences of drinking and driving.

“We’ve got a life sentence — our sentence is life without my brother,” she said.

“We don’t want anyone else to be a victim of that.”

The ride managed to raise nearly $2,000 for MADD’s Calgary chapter.

Volunteers with MADD are hosting the first of what is planned to be a series of support meetings for victims of impaired driving Tuesday.

It is to start at 6:30 p.m. at the Genesis recreation centre in northeast Calgary, and anyone who wants to attend to come seek support.

For more information contact the local MADD office at 403-278-8081.

Source: Calgary Sun

 


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