August 20th, 2014 is a day that still haunts Gary Hoff all these years later. His son Garett was killed in a multi–car collision all because of an impaired driver.
“He was killed instantly, a very good son his mom my daughter very devastated…he killed two people, my son and another lady, ran right over them near loop 375 near Interstate 10”, said Gary Hoff.
The man behind the wheel driving under the influence was Sterling Ashcroft. He pleaded guilty for two counts of murder and is now serving 40 years behind bars. For Hoff he is happy with the conviction but says the pain will never go away.
“Your a victim forever just like him in jail you’re in your own jail”, said Hoff.
Today Hoff speaks on behalf of groups like Mother’s Against Drunk Driving to try and prevent drunk driving, especially during the holidays.
“This is my relief, to tell people young people of any age I don’t care what it is, I just feel this is my mission”, said Hoff.
Wednesday marks the start of MADD’s 30th annual “Tie One on for Safety” red ribbon campaign to try and get El Pasoans to plan ahead for safe holiday celebrations.
“It is a reminder when individuals tie a red ribbon to their vehicle that they make that decision before to plan ahead with a designated driver, take a taxi or an Uber”, said MADD program director Vanessa Luna-Marquez.
Even though Hoff’s son is gone forever he hopes others will think of him and make that decision to not drink and drive.
“You guys have a great time that’s what the holidays are for but don’t live in tragedy where you’ll have to turn around the next morning and know that something went wrong”, said Hoff.