DENVER - When you meet Andrea Milholm you get the impression that she’s not exactly a trouble maker.
"I had never been in trouble," Andrea says. "Not even an overdue library book."
That all changed in 2013.
After drinking all night at a Halloween party in LoDo Andrea got behind the wheel of her car.
"The first thing I remember after the accident was turning my car around," recalls Andrea. "I realized that I just hit someone, and as a result of that a young lady lost her life."
Andrea was charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. She spent 10 months in prison, nine in a halfway house, and is on the tail end of 14 months of Intense Security Probation.
This punishment is all because of a crime that could have been avoided says Andrea.
"When I think of the night of the accident all I think about the regret that I have. The opportunities that were available to me to not drive."
Make a plan. That’s her advice to anyone that’s been out drinking.
"Find somebody to make you accountable. If you’re going out with a group make sure you designate a driver."
She also encourages folks to use public transit, taxis or ride share companies to travel safely.
"If my story can prevent one person from getting a DUI or worse," says Andrea, "I think that there’s redemption in that, and grace in that. Because it is totally avoidable."
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