Solace Found in the Telling of a Tragic Tale
Times Union (Albany, NY)
August 13, 2004
Joe Klementowski visited his younger sister during his lunch break Sept. 8, 1999. That was the last time Jean Karutis saw her brother.
He was killed a few hours later when a drunken driver crashed head-on into his car.
For the past four years, Karutis has been sharing her brother's story with the hopes of sparing other families the pain of losing a loved one to drunken driving.
Karutis said giving the speeches has helped her mourn her brother's death.
"At first I was really angry. I told myself I could let my anger eat at me or try to prevent another death. I chose to do that."
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