Losing someone you love isn't easy. But losing two people you love, including a child, is seemingly unbearable. But that's what happened to Foristell, Mo., resident Destiny Mantia on Sept. 20, 2014, when a drunk driver collided with her family's vehicle head-on, and killed her husband and 15-month-old son.
A year has gone by and Mantia has used the anniversary of her loss to tell her story and remind others never to drink and drive. Because, as she explains in a Facebook post shared a few days ago, one wrong decision can cause another person to lose it all.
"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 wrote in a Facebook post. "She ended any dreams that we may have had together and caused pain I never knew existed."
But according to her post, Mantia has also found strength since the accident.
"I never knew the strength I could pull out that I never knew I had," she wrote, thanking the family and friends who cared for her over the last year.
And with that strength, she called on those reading to step in and stop people they see getting in a car under the influence.
"This hurt, pain and our future could of all been prevented if someone would have stepped up and stopped this selfish woman from drinking and driving," she wrote.
More than 41,000 people have shared the post.
According to the CDC, 30 people die every day in the U.S. because of a drunk driver. Drunk driving accidents also account for one-third of all traffic fatalities — and it's 100 percent preventable.
If that person who crashed into Mantia's family had stayed off the road, she'd still have her family.
"Don't allow your friends and family drink and drive. Don't share DUI checkpoints. Be an advocate! Stand up with me! Let's stop this. One is too many. DONT DRINK AND DRIVE!" she wrote.