Heartland mom makes a difference after son was killed by a drunk driver

John Wesley Rehm, 28, was killed by a drunk driver in 2015. (Courtesy: Teresa Rehm)

One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in his or her lifetime.

That statistic became a harsh reality for one Heartland family a couple of years ago.

On January 24, 2015, Teresa and John Rehm of La Plata and their family had their hearts ripped open in a matter of minutes.

"They had let us know that Wesley had been involved in a crash and he didn't make it," said Teresa Rehm.

Rehm lost her son, John Wesley Rehm, 28, that day to a drunk driver.

The crash happened just after 11:30 p.m. five miles west of La Plata.

Wesley was traveling eastbound on Highway 156 when an impaired driver crossed into oncoming traffic and struck and killed him. He was just four miles away from home.

"He was fun loving, he loved to have fun, we know that he's impacted a lot of peoples' lives," Rehm said. "We never knew how much until this happened."

There are over 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving everyday, and now Teresa is calling for a change.

"Somewhere in the back of my mind I had remembered about Mothers Against Drunk Driving," said Rehm.
"Mothers Against Drunk Driving was founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by walking home from a church picnic," said MADD Victim Services Specialist Alicia Thompson. "She wanted to have an organization to help others who were affected by impaired driving crashes."

This year, thousands of people in over 60 cities around the nation will participate in 5k events to eliminate drunk driving.

"MADD has been a godsend for me and my family," said Rehm. "They have been with us all the way."

This June, Kansas City will hold an event where every step and every dollar will help raise awareness to eliminate this crime.

Teresa hopes her story can save a life, so another family won't have to go through a tragedy like this.

The Kansas City Walk Like MADD event will be held Saturday, June 17, at Theis Park from 8:15 a.m. to noon.

You can do your part by:

  • Making a donation now to help reach fundraising goals.
  • Walk alongside Teresa to take steps to stopping this violent crime.
  • Spreading the word about Walk Like MADD using the hashtag #DrunkDrivingEndsHere

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