2nd annual Trey Killian Memorial 5k held in Sulphur - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

2nd Annual Trey Killian Memorial 5K held in Sulphur


Family, friends and supporters of raising awareness against drinking and driving gathered in Sulphur's Heritage Square early Saturday morning for the Annual Trey Killian Memorial 5K. 

Trey Killian is the Sulphur native who, in September 2010, was killed in a car accident at the hands of who he thought was his designated driver. Killian was 22 years old, an age that his mother Sandee Killian says is too young to die. 

"He didn't have a chance to have kids, or get married or do things like that," said Killian. "So, I'm sad about those things."

She's determined not to let her son's life and death be in vain. This was the second year she's hosted the memorial 5k, determined to raise awareness against drinking and driving. 

"It's just so important to not drink and drive," Killian said. "If you're going to drink, don't drive. Call someone. I don't drink, so you can call me!," she said. 

Barbara Dartez, who works with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), agrees.  

"Events like this (walk) help organizations like us continue to raise awareness through grassroots campaigning, speaking to classes and other things like that," said Dartez. "This is such an important cause."

People like Justin Hudson know first hand just how important. 

"Four years ago, I lost my brother and my dad to a drunk driver," said Hudson. "That's why I'm here. That's why I do what I can to stop it from happening to someone else."

Money raised through the Killian Memorial events go completely to the Trey Killian Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to Sulphur High School students. 

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