The Deutscher Family; Aaron, Allison, Brielle and unborn baby

July 6, 2012 will be remembered as a day many lives were changed forever, from highest of highs to lowest of lows.  It was an evening that Aaron, Allison, Brielle and unborn baby Deutscher were traveling to Bismarck for a family reunion. On their way to Bismarck, they were all tragically killed by a drunk driver. It was an accident that not only broke the hearts of family and friends, it shook the communities statewide.  

 This young and vibrant family had only recently begun their lives together. Aaron and Allison were married July 25, 2009.They looked forward to starting a family and on January 21, 2011 Brielle Faith was born. It wasn’t long before they wanted to expand their family even more. They were expecting baby Deutscher to be born in December 2012. While family was the main priority in their lives, being healthy and active was also important to them. Both were avid sports enthusiasts. Allison enjoyed playing softball and running half marathons. Aaron enjoyed playing softball and soccer. Even Brielle got in on the action as Aaron had been teaching her how to kick a soccer ball.  

People who didn’t personally know the Deutscher family may only think of them as victims of a drunk driver. Family and friends of the Deutscher’s want people to remember the family as more than victims. They were a young, loving, giving and active family. We want them to be remembered for the many accomplishments they had, the lives they touched and the positive influence on society.  

In an effort to accomplish this goal and bring something positive out of this tragedy, we are proposing a Run 4 Change: a change in society’s attitudes about drinking and driving. Many have the idea that it is normal and socially acceptable to drive home after a few drinks. Reality is that a poor decision to drink and drive may be the final decision you ever make. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that deaths in crashes involving drunk drivers increased 4.6% in 2012, taking 10,322 lives compared to 9,865 in 2011. The majority of those crashes involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher - nearly double the legal limit. Nationally, an average of one alcohol-related death occurs every 49 minutes. In North Dakota, in 2013, there were 148 fatalities with 48% of the deaths being alcohol-related. These statistics are staggering.  

Please join us April 12th, 2014 as we run to change these statistics. This will be an event to memorialize those we’ve lost, heal our wounds and change society’s attitude. This is an event for all ages to participate in and we look forward to seeing you there. Lets get together and Run4Change!