Sometimes it’s easy to forget how fragile life really is. Things that seem perfect one second can fall apart the next, because all it takes is a single moment to turn someone’s happy life completely upside down.
Destiny and Corey Mantia were in the 10th grade when they met each other at a high school football game. They soon started dating, and three years later, the young couple was married. Not long after that, the Mantias welcomed their son Parker into the world. Destiny and Corey had everything in the world to look forward to, including plans of buying a house and having more kids. Tragically, the young family’s plans would never come to be.
Destiny and Corey Mantia met when they were both still in high school, and they began dating not long afterward. After three years together, the young couple got married and soon welcomed their son Parker into the world.
Everything seemed to be going right for the young family. They were discussing buying their own home soon and thinking about having more kids. They had bright hopes for the future…
…but all their hopes and plans were cut short by a senseless tragedy.
The family was driving to an appointment one evening when their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. 15-month-old Parker was killed instantly, while Destiny and Corey had to be airlifted to the nearest hospital. Corey succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter. In the blink of an eye, Destiny’s hopes and dreams had been ripped away from her.
A year later, she had recovered from her injuries, but the emotional wounds were still raw. On the anniversary of the accident, she posted a powerful message to Facebook, in which she told her story to make an impassioned plea against drinking and driving.
It read: “A year ago today was like many other days. Corey Mantia woke up and went to work. Parker and I stayed at home and played together all day. Corey later came home played with our sweet baby as we waited to load up for a wrap appointment. That spare cash was much needed for our little family. Well time comes for us to leave. Little did we know in a few short minutes everything would change…”
“We would no longer get to live our future together. Any dreams we had would no longer happen together. We wouldn’t get to purchase our first house together, we wouldn’t get to take Parker for his first hair cut, his first day at school, and our family would never grow. This would be it. Everything we would have ever known would come to an end and not by choice.”
“On our way to this wrap appointment my amazing husband who was driving, my precious baby whom I still nursed and kept rear-facing watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and I were struck nearly head on at an excessive speed by a drunk driver. This is a date and time that will forever be embedded in my head.”
“The action of this one selfish person who thought they were ‘ok’ to drive instantly took the life of my sweet innocent 15-month-old son in the back seat. She would cause my husband and I to be air lifted from the scene, where my husband would lose his fight 24 hours later. She would cause a family to be devastated and emergency personnel to need counseling.”
The post continued: “One selfish decision to drink and drive caused me to be a widow and a mom to an angel at the age of 21. She has caused many nightmares with the news of various reports being released, such as an autopsy of my baby being sent to me or many reconstruction pictures. Many things a 21-year-old should never have to see or imagine. She ended any dreams that we may have had together and caused pain I never knew existed.”
“That day, the Destiny that was a mom and wife died as well. I’ve since had to find myself. I never knew the strength I could pull out that I never knew I had. I think I was able to find this strength through the prayers and support of many friends and family and also an amazing widows’ group who kept me knowing I was normal for feeling how I felt.”
This hurt, pain and our future could have all been prevented if someone would have stepped up and stopped this selfish woman from drinking and driving. You can save someone’s life, too! Don’t allow your friends and family to drink and drive. Don’t share DUI checkpoints. Be an advocate! Stand up with me! Let’s stop this. One is too many. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
I can’t even begin to imagine the pain Destiny has been through in her young life, but hopefully her powerful words will help prevent anyone else from experiencing a similar tragedy.
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