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Woman Widowed by Drunk Driver Turns Tragedy into a Lesson

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Once you're personally impacted by drunk driving, all the holiday warnings and public service announcements become a lot more personal - and painful.

But Tuesday, a Charlottesville widow who lost her husband to a drunk driver is turning that tragedy into a program to help others. Since her husband was killed back in 1990, Pam Stucky has been on a mission to educate people about the potential consequences of a so-called good time.

She recently shared her story with the National Football League and now some high-profile people are taking notice.

"It's been 23 years and that's a long time, and I think it's sad that people think you get over it," said Stucky.

Her husband Dean Stucky was killed by a drunk driver in 1990, when the two had only been married for three and a half years. Their newborn son Phillip was just 6 weeks old.

"I missed out on this great guy, and Phillip got nothing," said Stucky.

Many couldn't imagine it would even be in the cards to become a single mother and a widow as a newlywed, but by sharing her story, Stucky has been making a difference with the hand she's been dealt. She recently shared her program, called "The Gift," which chronicles Dean's life with all the NFL teams.

"They're role models. I want them to realize the power they have to influence the lives of young kids," said Stucky.

Her story received a response from New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who wrote her a letter expressing his support and also saying he would pass her program forward.


"I've probably spoken to over 100,000 offenders and the one story they continue to say is ‘please don't stop telling the story,’" said Stucky.

Stucky also heard from the Baltimore Ravens. They explained they already have similar programs in place, but encouraged her to keep telling her story.

She says she wanted to speak out on New Year's Eve not only because this is a big party night, but also because it would have been her husband's 56th birthday.

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