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Think of Amanda

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n6244130241_7131[1].jpg The holiday season is upon us. That means celebrations will soon be in full swing - from family gatherings to office parties.No doubt alcohol will be flowing at many of these functions. And, if recent history is any indication, a few innocent people are likely going to lose their lives to a drunk driver.We all hear the messages. "Don't drink and drive" is repeatedly drilled into our heads. Yet that doesn't stop some from getting behind the wheel when they're clearly in no condition.So here's a sobering reminder for you - or anyone you know - to hopefully avoid causing a tragic of epic proportions.I introduce you today to the friends and family of Amanda Frizzley, a vibrant young Winnipeg woman who was killed Sept. 30.Her tow truck was hit head-on by a vehicle traveling the wrong way down a one way street. Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors.Police have now charged a 21-year-old Winnipeg man with several offences including impaired driving causing death and criminal negligence. He remains before the courts and must be presumed innocent.Frizzley, 26, was so full of life and clearly missed by all who knew her. I've posted a sampling of what has been sent my way in the past few days, in hopes it will put a face on the kind of tragedy we read about all too often.Feel free to post your own thoughts - on Amanda or any other personal anecdote - below. It might just be enough to make someone out there think twice over the holidays.(A reminder - posts which are legally "dicey" will have to be deleted so please refrain from personal comments or opinions about any accused people)*****I am writing you on behalf of a friend. A friend who can not speak for herself, although if she was still on this earth today, I know she would. I am writing on behalf of Amanda Kae Frizzley who was killed on September 30, 2007. Mandy worked for Dr.Hook, and was working an extra shift to clear cars for the run for the cure....and was training a driver, another friend. As the truck crossed York avenue, my friend and passenger barely had time to yell Mandy's name as a Jimmy smashed into her tow truck on the drivers side. The impact that followed sent a 1 ton tow truck onto its roof...throwing Mandy from it in the process. My other friend scrambled from the rubble of the overturned tow truck, and screamed Mandy's name....he found her just feet from her truck on the pavement. A cross is painted at that spot now, with her Hook call number 403... She was the light in so many people, and animal's lives, and that light was taken from us. Amanda will never grace us with her presence again. What I am writing to you about today is what can be done so that there is not another case like Amanda's again. I wish you had gotten a chance to meet Mandy, she was an amazing person. Please help us and help the justice system do the right thing. Thank you for your time. A friend forever of a beautiful person named Amanda.-Jennifer Sych*****Amanda is my best friend's sister. She was amazing, funny as hell, and absolutely lovely in her entirety. This was awful, it's hurt alot of people.-Marnie Cahill*****I pray every day that justice can be served on this matter.....Mandy and I were very close, and I know that if this had happened to someone else, she would be fighting for (the person responsible) to serve time for what was done.-Crystal Garneau

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About Mike McIntyre

Journalist, national radio show host, author, pundit and cruise director ... Mike McIntyre loves to keep busy.

Mike is the justice reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press, where he has worked since 1997. He produces and hosts the weekly talk radio show Crime and Punishment, which runs on the Corus Radio Network in several Canadian cities.

Born and bred in Winnipeg, Mike graduated from River East Collegiate and completed his journalism studies in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

He and his wife, Chassity, have two children.


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