LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Mothers Against Drunk Driving is celebrating its 30th Anniversary here in Kentucky. On Saturday, people whose lives have been impacted by drunk driving gathered at the Middletown Christian Church.
In 2009, Amanda Lay’s 18-year-old daughter, Caroline Minks, was killed by a drunk driver on River Road. She was in a car driven by Cody File who had a blood alcohol level of .27 at the time. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
“There’s always that empty place in your heart when you look around, if you’re going to cook Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, she’s not going to be there. There’s always that empty chair and it’s heartbreaking,” says Lay.
MADD’s founder, Lois Windhorst, is a Louisville native and was also present for the 30th anniversary.