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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."

Subjects Covered: education, healing

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