My name is Amanda King and I am 11 years
I am the daughter of a San Diego Sheriffs
I heard a poem on the radio. It isn't
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officers but it might help people understand
it is to drink and drive. The poem
goes like this:
"I went to a party, Mom, I remembered what you
You told me not to drink, Mom, so I drank soda
I really felt proud inside, Mom, the way you
said I would.
I didn't drink and drive, Mom, even though the
others said I should.
I know I did the right thing, Mom, I know you
are always right.
Now the party is finally ending, Mom, everyone
is driving out of sight.
As I got into my car, Mom, I knew I'd get home
in one piece.
Because of the way you raised me, so responsible
I started to drive away, Mom, but as I pulled
out into the road,
the other other car didn't see me, Mom, and hit
me like a load.
As I lay there on the pavement, Mom, I here the
the other guy is drunk, Mom, and I know I am
the one who will pay.
I'm lying here dying, Mom.. I wish you'd get here
How could this happen to me, Mom? My life just
burst like a balloon.
There is blood all around me, Mom, and most of
it is mine.
I hear the medic say, Mom, I'll die in a short
I just wanted to tell you, Mom, I swear I didn't
It was the others Mom. The others didn't
He was probably at the same party as I.
The only difference is, he drank an I will die.
Why do people drink, Mom? It can ruin your
I am feeling sharp pains now. Pains like a knife.
The guy who hit me is walking, Mom, and I don't
think it is fair.
I'm lying here dying and all he can do is stare.
Tell my brother not to cry, Mom. Tell Daddy
to be brave.
And when I go to heaven, Mom, put "Daddy's Girl"
on my grave
Someone should have told him, Mom, not to drink
Thank You for your time.
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June 7th, 1998
P.S. A few days ago a San Diego CHP was killed
in the line of duty. He crashed his car while on his way to catch a DUI.
If only that criminal knew what could happen when he drank and drive.
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