The Happiness Foundation: Taking a Pledge Against Drunk Driving
Updated: Monday, April 21 2014, 07:46 PM EDT
A group of friends has started an anti-drunk driving foundation to honor the memories of three classmates who were killed by a drunk driver. Kushal, Robert and Courtney started 'The Happiness Foundation' for Haeley, Spencer and Johnny.
The three year anniversary of the crash, which happened just two weeks out from their high school graduation, is this May.
"After a drunk driving accident stole three precious lives on the night of May 15th, 2011, the community of Derwood, Maryland needed to heal," the Happiness Foundation website states. "Victims Haeley McGuire (18), Johnny Hoover (20), and Spencer Datt (18) had all attended Rockville's Magruder High School, where Haeley was finishing up her senior year. Initially, Haeley's dad had white t-shirts made up, printed by his friend, to be handed out at her funeral. The most touching element of the shirt was the design on the front that Haeley had made for her little sister's screensaver some years before – a boy and a girl joining hands through a small heart, smiling beneath the motto by which all people should live their lives: Happiness."
The brand advocates to put a stop to the epidemic of drinking and driving and, in exchange for a free shirt, asks participants to make the promise to; never drink and drive and never get in the car with someone who has been drinking and driving.
The drunk driver involved in the crash is serving a 20 year sentence. He left the scene of the accident after the crash and when police caught up with him a few hours later his blood alcohol level as still twice the legal limit in Maryland.