TROY, MO (KTVI) – A Missouri woman has a new warning about drinking and driving after a car crash killed her husband and baby boy. The fatal crash happened a year ago on Sunday. Destiny Mantia’s emotional post to Facebook about the life altering crash is being shared across social media.
A drunk driver slammed into the family’s Chrysler Town and Country on September 20, 2014 on highway 47 between Hawk Point and Troy, MO. Her 15-month-old son, Parker, was killed in the crash. She and her husband Corey had to be airlifted to the hospital for treatment. That is where he died from his injuries from the crash. The family had all been wearing seat belts. The driver who crossed the center line died at the scene.
“I never got to see my son’s first haircut. Me and my husband never got to buy our first house together,” said Mantia. “There were just so many things we had in the plans, so much we were working towards that’s never going to happen now, and it all could have been prevented.”
Mantia says her Facebook post asking others not to drink and drive has gone viral. She says if her loss leads to the end of drinking and driving, then losing her family would be worth the pain she feels.
Mantia took time on Sunday to share her thoughts to Facebook about the day that changed her life forever.
A year ago today was like many other days. Corey Mantia woke up and went to work. Parker and I stayed at home and played together all day. Corey later came home played with our sweet baby as we waited to load up for a wrap appointment. That spare cash was much needed for our little family. Well time comes for us to leave. Little did we know in a few short minutes everything would change. We would no longer get to live our future together. Any dreams we had would no longer happen together. We wouldn’t get to purchase our first house together, we wouldn’t get to take Parker for his first hair cut, his first day at school, and our family would never grow. This would be it. Everything we would have ever known would come to an end and not by choice.
On our way to this wrap appointment my amazing husband whom was driving, my precious baby whom I still nursed and kept rear facing watching Mickey Mouse Club house, and I were struck nearly head on at an excessive speed by a drunk driver. This is a date and time that will forever be embedded in my head. The action of this one selfish person who thought they were “ok” to drive instantly took the life of my sweet innocent 15 month old son in the back seat. She would cause my husband and I to be air lifted from the scene where my husband would loose his fight 24 hours later. She would cause a family to be devastated and emergency personnel to need counseling.
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 ended any dreams that we may have had together and caused pain I never knew existed.
That day the Destiny that was a mom and wife died as well. I’ve sense had to find myself. I never knew the strength I could pull out that I never knew I had. I think I was able to find this strength through the prayers and support of many friends and family and also an amazing widows group who kept me knowing I was normal for feeling how I felt.
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. You can save someone’s life too! 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!
Destiny Mantia didn’t suffer any severe physical injuries during the accident. She says something needs to be done about that very dangerous stretch of road.
A GoFundMe account was set up to help the 21-year-old widow with the financial burden of medical expenses and burying the father and baby. They came just short of their goal of $40,000, and the account was shut down.