Victim's friends form drunk-driving prevention group at Tech

Reported by: Henry Ramos
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Updated: 4/25/2013 6:29 pm
At just 19 years old, Meagan Rough's life was violently cut short when a suspected drunk driver took her life. Four months later friends and family are keeping her memory alive with a special event.

In December, police say 19-year-old Jason Chad White slammed his vehicle into the car Rough was riding in. Even though she was wearing a seat belt, she was ejected and died from her injuries. According to the police report, White's blood alcohol content was 0.20, more than twice the legal limit for an adult.

Rough's friends are establishing a drunk-driving awareness and prevention group at Texas Tech to be called Red Raiders Against Drunk Driving. They're also putting on the May Day 5K Glow Event May 4.

"She loved bright colors," friend Victoria Shaw said. "She loved bright pink. She loved glow-in-the-dark stuff. So that is why this 5K is really cool."

All proceeds from the race will benefit her family. They're also working to create a scholarship in Meagan's honor.

Friend Emily Lipinsky says it has been a tough few months.

"I would never wish this pain on anybody, to lose somebody so valuable," Lipinsky said. "It's so easy to prevent it, that starting the organization like this. We can really come together as a community to realize the dangers and to learn from our mistakes and learn from others' mistakes."

Rough's Aunt Nikki Dobbs said,  "The last several months since May's accident have been difficult for the family."

As for White, he's awaiting trial. He was indicted on a charge of intoxication manslaughter.

If you would like to donate or participate in the May Day 5K. Just click here.
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