Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Media Opportunity: DUI Presentation At BCHS Wednesday

WHAT: DUI Presentation

LOCATION: Barron Collier High School, 5600 Cougar Drive, North Naples.

***Media, please meet at the front office.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 18

TIME: 8:35 a.m.

SUMMARY: A woman whose daughter died in a DUI crash and the drunken driver who killed her will talk about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Renee Napier and Eric Smallridge will share the stage during a presentation from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium at Barron Collier High School.

Napier and Smallridge will be available for media interviews 15 minutes before the presentation.

Napier’s daughter Meagan was one of two young women killed in a DUI crash in 2002. Smallridge, the driver, was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

In the midst of grieving for her daughter, Napier came to forgive Smallridge, who decided to make something positive out of his tragic mistake.

Less than two years after Meagan’s death, Napier began her journey giving DUI presentations to a multitude of audiences.

In April 2010, Smallridge was granted permission to join Napier in her speaking campaign.

Napier and Smallridge travel Florida to raise awareness of driving under the influence.

After their talk, students are invited outside to see the mangled car that Meagan and her friend Lisa Jo Dickson were in when they were killed.

The presentation is sponsored by Drug Free Collier, Collier County Sheriff's Office, Collier County Public Schools District and Community School of Naples.