COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – Kentuckiana and even the nation paused to remember the
deadliest drunk driving crash in our nation's history which happened in
Kentuckiana 25 years ago Tuesday.
when a church bus was headed from King's Island back to North Hardin High
School. Larry MaHoney was drunk and driving the wrong way on Interstate 71 near
Carrollton. He crashed head on into the bus, which burst into flames on impact.
packed an emotional memorial of May 14, 1988 on May 14, 2013 at the North
Hardin County High School.
community of Radcliff would never be the same," said Radcliff Mayor J. J.
Duvall. He was eight years old at the time and said he remembers watching TV
news coverage about the crash.
were missing from church on Sunday; school on Monday. Tragedy had struck our
small town," he said while fighting back tears at Tuesday's memorial.
minister of the church at the time of the crash said she hasn't stopped praying
for the 27 lives lost.
make you a promise today. Until we draw our last breath, we will call your
names in prayer every day," an emotional Rev. Martha Tennison, the former
Pastor of Radcliff Assembly of God, said during the service.
remember the nationwide attention and support, including a group of survivors
from other tragedies who uniquely comforted them and offered advice.
had more questions than answers. The first question I asked was how do I answer
the question of how many children do I have? I had two, and they gave the
answer. Patty was 10 and Jean is 31," said Karolyn Nunnallee, who lost a
daughter in the crash.
memorial also celebrated the 34 who survived the horrific crash.
was about a month away from turning 15. I'm about a month away from turning 40
now," said survivor Joe Percefull.
remembers the good times at Kings Island that day. He also remembers the
tragedy that followed on the way home.
crash itself is very vivid. I remember everything about the impact and the fire
starting. I escaped over the seats on the left side of the bus out the back
door and then I was in the hospital for about a week after," Percefull said.
now a teacher, and hopes the movie about the crash will teach his students and
others about the dangers of drinking and driving.
it has an impact on the kids so the name Impact is perfect because I do hope it
has an impact on people," Percefull said.
reunions that followed the memorial service also include the prosecutor
assigned to the case in 1988.
was the first of its kind and thank God there's never been one since then,"
said Paul Richwalsky, who was the Prosecutor in the case back in 1988.
kept a low profile away from the victims, but was happy to be reunited.
a lot of people and I understand, we're a bad memory because every time they
saw us it was the trial so people after a while distance themselves from us and
I understand why. Today is bittersweet and it's great to see how well they've
done and their accomplishments," Richwalsky said.
for the movie, producers hope they can get the movie into schools so that
students can learn at a young age the dangers of drinking and driving.
A screening of the movie set for Wednesday has been sold out.
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