HOUSTON—Carol Levin is speaking out about how irresponsible some can be on Labor Day weekend as well as any other time of the year. She's tired of hearing about drunk driving and is doing what she can to help make a difference. Nearly four years ago, Carol received a call that her son was killed by a drunk driver.
Not only has it been tough for Carol, family and friends since, but what's really difficult is that Sunday, Sept. 5 would have been Todd Levin's 32nd birthday. Carol is sending a very important message to those who plan on driving under the influence.
"He was everyone's best buddy," Carol said about her son Todd. "He had more friends than I can even imagine."
As Carol Levin looked at pictures of her son Todd in her office in Houston, memories of how caring he was were the first to come to mind.
"He always made time for family, his brother [and] us," said Carol. "He really was an amazing guy."
Carol still can't believe what happened to her son and his girlfriend, Raylynn, who Carol adored tremendously.
"They were going about 32 mph between Shepherd and Westheimer at 10 o'clock on a Wednesday evening, which would have been the 26th of September ," said Carol.
"And they absolutely, positively, had someone drive through their car and T-boned them at 85 mph."
Todd died instantly. Raylynn passed away while being taken to a local hospital.
"My husband and I both agreed that we weren't gonna get bitter or angry," said Carol. "We're gonna try to help as much as we can to keep people from drinking and driving."
The Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) member is bringing awareness to those who don't understand the dangers of drinking and driving.
"Particularly this year, we're coming up to the legislature - we have some tough laws to pass," said Carol.
Harris County leads the nation in drunk driving fatalities, which is another reason why Carol wants people to truly understand her message.
"Unless it's personal, people just don't get it," said Carol. "They think it's OK to drink and drive."
Carol said it's hard forgiving the man responsible for taking her son's life for several reasons.
"He was supposed to write a letter of apology and we never heard from him," she said. "It's not a game [to go out there and drink and drive]."
Todd Levin would have been 32-years-old on Sunday, Sept. 5, but a random act of carelessness by a drunk driver, who's known only as Mr. Nguyen, took Todd's life too soon at just 29-years-old.
"Don't ever take your family for granted. Treat them with love and respect every single day," said Carol.
Todd Levin attended Katy High School and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin.