Parents of Ottawa Hills teen killed in drunk-driving crash turn tragedy into activism
By Eric Wildstein
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 02:05:25 GMT — A year after their son was killed in an alcohol-related car crash, two Ottawa Hills parents are turning their tragedy into activism. After a night of drinking at a friendâ??s home 18-year-old Brian Hoeflinger got behind the wheel to drive home. His blood alcohol content was .15 when he crashed into a tree and died. The Hoeflingerâ??s shared that heart-breaking story with kids and adults on Sunday at Woodmore High School in Elmore. Their message to teens and pre-teens in attendance was direct. â??Thereâ??s a lot of kids out there that feel this pressure to do things that maybe they donâ??t want to do but they want to fit in,â?? said Cindy Hoeflinger. She continued, â??Weâ??re asking these kids to be leaders in their school system and their school themselves and to stand up and make a change.â?? Itâ??s a call to action for those under 21 years of age to understand that even one alcoholic drink can have devastating consequences. â??All the risk it puts them at, especially someone like my son dying from it, is it really worth it,â?? said Brian Hoeflinger. The Hoeflingerâ??s said adults have a responsibility to keep drinks out of underage hands. They encouraged parents to be proactive and ask their children questions about their alcohol use, even if it is not suspected. â??We need to check on our kids constantly, especially as they get older,â?? said Cindy Hoeflinger. 38-year-old Nick Thompson, a former clerk at Foxx Liquor Store, is accused of selling a bottle of vodka to a friend of 18-year-old Brian Hoeflinger. Thompsonâ??s trial is scheduled for March 25. The Ohio Department of Commerce requested to revoke the sales of alcohol products at the Foxx Liquor Store last year in August in response to Thompsonâ??s indictment on charges.
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