Cops: Driver intoxicated in fatal crash

Brian Wallschlaeger had a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit when he lost control of his vehicle in a crash that killed his 18-year-old passenger, officials found. Full Story
coupe

Longwood, FL

#21 Jul 25, 2008
well jason i see what lap means about idiots...brian the driver was over 35 or so and my brother ,the deceased, was 18..brian is my brothers friend and also his friends uncle....sorry to say u have no idea what ur talking about...take care!!
jan

Rockford, IL

#22 Jul 26, 2008
Everyone lost in this tragedy,you coupe lost your brother and the Wallschlaeger boys lost their brother too! Not in the same way as you but they still lost him. iam Brians aunt and I cannot say I know how you feel because I never had loved one get killed in an accident but I have lost 2 sisters and my father in my lifetime. 1 of my sisters was Judi, Brians mother and I miss her everyday!! She was Brians best friend and tried to help him always,when she died a huge part of Brian died with her.I know this for a fact,because he told me so several times.I don't make excuses for him , there is no excuse for what happened to him and your brother except stupidity on Brians part for driving intoxicated ever! I miss my sister and my nephews who I grew up with before they moved to Florida. I hope your family heals someday from this tragedy as I hope the Wallschlaeger family heals from this too! They lost their mother and none of them will ever be over that. Brian needs help on alot of issues and I hope he gets it. As you stated lap (who is my daughter by the way) and I do not live there in florida but we are family. I don't think anyone will ever truly forget what happened but maybe you can forgive. And all of you out there who don't know the facts about these two families need to shut-it!! enough said. My thoughts are with you and yours. jan
coupe

Longwood, FL

#23 Jul 26, 2008
thank you jan...i have forgave as much as one can..i will never forget though...i must say all our original posts by myself and your daughter at least mine were out of rage..the only reason i posted was cause it was aimed at christopher and was blaming him.."ever wonder why an 18 year old needed a ride home"..he didnt need a ride his truck was at brians house...but anyways..i hope and pray for the best for brian,i know christopher and him were best buds and he spent alot of time with your family he was a very well liked and loved person..its all in the past now and nothing anyone can do except brian...weather he relizes it or not he gets a second chance..he could have ended up like christopher so i hope he makes the best of it when he is released..ive talked with brian on many ocasions and he has had a couple of close calls like the boating thing and he told me about a bad jet ski accident...well i do not want to argue and fight about this anymore..so tell ur daughter im sorry and its done....i would like to send u a couple of pictures of christopher if i could if u want u can send me an email with your email to justice-1988@hotmail .com...if not thats okay...if u would ..go to youtube.com and search christopher sasowski..its a memorial slide show of christopher.... i also have a picture of brians truck if u want..i hope you look at it...take care jan.....honestly..i am sorry for your family as well
coupe

Longwood, FL

#24 Jul 26, 2008
p.s.jan,,now that i think about it..i couldnt imagine losing my mother...she is my everything....i was just re reading your post and it hit me....
MattsMomForever

United States

#25 Jul 26, 2008
The Psychiatric Diagnostic Statistical Manual states that losing a child is a catastrophic stressor unlike any other. What Brian Wallschlaeger's family has been going through doesn't compare, doesn't touch, what Chris's Mom has been going through and will go through the rest of her life. For that matter, it doesn't compare to what Chris's family has been faced with. His friends. All because someone chose to make a selfish and criminal choice.

There was no "accident" here. Drunk driving is not an accident. A mistake was not made. A conscious choice was made that took someone's life. Rarely is the drunk driver killed. The innocent normally are injured or killed. But then so many call it a mistake. I could care less that he was an alcoholic. And I don't care if people drink. They can drink themselves into oblivion for all I care. Just don't get behind the wheel of car. Don't play Russian roulette with other people's lives.

Ten years. Big deal. Even fifteen years. So what? Our justice system give more to people that commit robbery, fraud. Not saying those people don't deserve their time but perhaps when our justice system stops views drunk driving as the "oops crime" we won't have such a high death rate. So many innocent people injured and killed.

I went to my 21 year old son's college graduation at FSU in April of 2007. Four months after he was killed by a drunk driver. He graduated posthumously. He is now a marine biologist. A couple of days before he was killed he got his cavern diving certification. He long time girlfriend asked him why he needed to dive in caves and caverns, that it seems so dangerous and he didn't need it for his coral reef research. He replied to her that she needed to worry more about him on the roads with these crazy drivers than diving in caves. Two days later one of those crazy drivers crashed into the back of the car he was riding in ultimately taking his life. I stayed by his side while he was in a coma on life support for eight days. I watched my only child die because a drunk driver CHOSE to drink and drive.

And then family members, friends of these people, make excuses for them. Say it was an accident. The made a mistake. It's a disease. Look what they have to live with now. Really? Really? I cringe when I see that the sun has again rose.

Coupe, I am so very sorry for the tragic and 100% preventable loss of your brother, Chris. Please also pass my deepest sympathies on to your mother.

Connie
Matt's Mom
My Son, My World, My Hero
jan

Rockford, IL

#26 Jul 26, 2008
I would like very much to see pictures of Chris and of Brians truck. I will e-mail you so you can get my e-mail address, and again you and your family are in my prayers. Jan
coupe

Longwood, FL

#27 Jul 26, 2008
thank you connie...i agree with you 100%...very accurate post with nothing bad to say...its just not me or my parents its also christophers identical best friend twin,,kevin...he is a different person now..and i miss the old kevin..i do.....take care..i feel your pain..sorry for your lose as well

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#28 Jul 26, 2008
I wish all young people would just realize drinking and driving do not mix. That one bad choice to drive drunk has now ruined 2 lives forever
coupe

Longwood, FL

#29 Jul 26, 2008
same here jan
LAP

Loves Park, IL

#30 Jul 29, 2008
coupe wrote:
the main point is brian was drunk ...shouldnt have had a license with a driving record like he did..but we all know why he did..christopher made a mistake by getting into brians truck,,which doesnt make him at fault..(not to mention that everyone knew brian was too drunk and didnt say a thing)and then brian crashed about 3 or 4 miles down the road,killing christopher,,which according to his(christophers) autopsy he had nicotene and caffiene in his body....what else do you want me to say..no one can change it...i truley feel for brian...i dont go one day without thinking about this...i hope brian gets the help he should have gotten at his first dui...and ur right u wernt the first post and i didnt get involved till you were rant and raving.....its done and over with..futher more ..no need to explain yourself...its all in black and white..and no need to call anyone an idiot..dont gorget your commenting as well...have a nice night...your name was??
If you really want to know my name, it is Lisa.
coupe

Longwood, FL

#31 Jul 30, 2008
thank you lisa...your mom is nice!
LAP

Loves Park, IL

#32 Jul 31, 2008
I agree with that statement Coupe!

Also, i hope you dont mind, but my mother sent me the emails that you sent her with the pictures. Words can not describe what i saw. My eyes did tear up looking at those pictures. It is a miracle that anyone survived that crash. This does make this whole situation so much more tragic, once you see the pictures. I am sorry for your loss and for what your brother must have gone through in that accident. My stance on Brian does not change,(the fact that he has a disease and needs professional help, he is afterall, family) but i will admit it does make my perspective more.....i cant really describe it. I am so sorry, thats about all i can say. I know Brian didnt intend for this to happen, but god...that is horrible.
coupe

Longwood, FL

#33 Jul 31, 2008
lisa i know brian did not intend for this to happen.and i am sorry for your family as well..but my stance still stays the same as well....if this would have been his first time i would be a little more understanding..how ever brian had multiple d.u.i.'s and befor this one is when he should have gotten help for this "DISEASE" i know this haunts brian every day cause him and christopher were best friends and were together all the time...even though no intent was involved..i cant say that it was an accident per say ..given his previous driving record...by no means am i trying to argue or fight again cause im not...its just that you have your views and i have mine....wrong is wrong and right is right!!!...if the law was tougher on this sorta crime maybe he wouldnt have had a license and this wouldnt have happend...who knows who cares..its done and over!!...like i said before the only good was that christopher saved 5 others with his organs and we have contact with 2 of the recipients that recieved his organs..that is what gets my family thru this...if you would have known christopher ..he was a kind giving young man and he would have wanted his body to help others in need ..well hope all is well with you lisa...and im glad you got to see pics of christopher and the truck..take care
coupe
LAP

Loves Park, IL

#34 Jul 31, 2008
It is good that he was able to help others and like you stated before, its over and done with, im not here to fight, its a family thing on both parts and to be honest i do agree that if this had been Brian's first offense, it would be considered more of an accident, and one of those "OMG, i cant believe this happened, he never drove drunk" kinda things, but unfortunately we all know it wasnt that way. I guess in conclusion, for what its worth, sorry for any harshness in the situation that i may have mistakenly portrayed, that was never the intention and i hope everyone is well in Florida, your family and mine.

Lisa
coupe

Longwood, FL

#35 Jul 31, 2008
now i agree with you and i too apologize to you and ur fam as well for any harshness...my family here is okay and i hope you and your family is doing good also...i just cope with it by talking about it and messing with christophers belongings,listening to his music,and helping kevin work on christophers truck and my mother goes to the tree we call it christophers tree and she just sits out there and reads a book..she has put a garden around it with landscape blocks and mulch and solar garden lights..she goes there bout 3 times a week...its nice..kevin is off in his own world like a lost soul at times..but he is fine i guess,,he doesnt talk much about it...and my step dad had 20 years clean and went back to drinking a bit but now has sobered up again...he is a different person anyway.. christopher and kevin are his only 2 children....well i hope to still chat with ur mom and you,,now that we got this all behind us..lol
take care..lisa
coupe
MattsMomForever

United States

#36 Aug 1, 2008
LAP wrote:
It is good that he was able to help others and like you stated before, its over and done with, im not here to fight, its a family thing on both parts and to be honest i do agree that if this had been Brian's first offense, it would be considered more of an accident, and one of those "OMG, i cant believe this happened, he never drove drunk" kinda things, but unfortunately we all know it wasnt that way.Lisa
I'm sorry, I have to say something again. You know what? It is NEVER an accident when you drive your car intoxicated. Whether it is your first DUI or you have had multiple DUI's. It makes it that much worse when you have multiple DUI's because if our justice were different these people wouldn't be able to drive at all.(suspending a driver's license is absolutely useless) Also, the first time someone is arrested for DUI statistically it is approx the 87th time they have *chosen* to drive drunk. They just got caught. The person that killed my son, it was his first DUI. Do you really think in a million years I consider it an ACCIDENT? Seriously? Do you really think that my heart goes out to him because he just never meant for this to happen? Please. He murdered my only child. He made a conscious decision that HIS life was more important that ANYONE else's life on the road as he had countless times before, no doubt. When he got caught playing Russian roulette with everyone's life on I-95 that night it was because he killed someone with his game.
Disease? If your family member has a disease then maybe he should have gotten help. Maybe he shouldn't have been enabled. Don't ever pass off the fact that he killed Chris to the fact he has a disease. That is just ignorant. I go to colleges now and speak to student in hopes that they will make better choices. To let them hear my story, Matt's story, in hopes that they will choose to be responsible if they chose to drink, to always have designated drivers, so that their Mom will never live the nighmare that I live. That Coupe's Mom lives. With every breath we take. Because someone made a selfish and criminal choice and killed our child. When society and our justice system starts making these people pay the way they should then maybe it will be looked at as the violent crime it is.

...continued...
MattsMomForever

United States

#37 Aug 1, 2008
I have a friend who I have since met since losing my child. She lost her 9 month old daughter to a drunk driver. A multiple offender. She was pushing little Grace and her other two year old son in a stroller. The drunk driver drove his car up the sidewalk and ripped the stroller out of her hands. Her baby ended up in the toddler's lap facing the opposite direction. She quickly ran to her and picked her up and when she did she realized that her hand was inside her little girl's body. Her body had been ripped almost entirely in half. The drunk driver has since died in prison. I believe he claimed to be an alcoholic too. Huh. Grace was just a beautiful baby. Anna will forever have that image in her mind let alone the awful loss of her daughter. On July 1, 2008 Grace's Law went into effect. 1st time offenders with a BAC of .15 or higher can have an interlock ignition put on their car. Multiple offender no matter what their BAC, if it is .08 or over, can have it put on. Underage drinkers can get it automatically no matter what their BAC,.02 or higher. And it is the responsiblity of the offender to pay for the ingition interlock and the monthly fees when they are ordered to have it installed. Oh, most complain about it. How unfair it is. How they can't afford it (although the things they can afford when they want them is amazing) It is a step in the right direction but there is so much more that needs to be done. Including not making excuses for the drunk drivers even if they are your loved ones. Until excuses stop being made innocent people will continue to die.
Today. Multiple innocent people will be killed today across this country by drunk drivers. There *will* be moms that join Coupe's Mom and I along with so many other moms and will begin walking in our ugly shoes. And it is 100% preventable. And it will NEVER be over and done with for us, for anyone who lost a child. That comment is so off-base that I don't even know what to do with it.
Connie
Matt's Mom
LAP

Loves Park, IL

#38 Aug 1, 2008
Well Connie, first of all, my comment of "over and done with" was directed towards Coupe and the fact that the arguing and meanness in the posts is over between us. And as for the comment being so off-base that you dont even know what to do with it, well, it isnt your comment to do anything with in the first place. Please just let this situation be as it is, something that noone wants to really get into on this blog anymore. You have experienced something horrible, thats been accounted for, noone is making excuses for anyone, we were just simply stating explanations, there is a difference.

You can say what you want to, noone is saying that you cant, freedom of speech is a right to us all, but you just instigate things when you come here and see that people are making peace with something and you start it all over again.

Please respect the families involved and continue with your speeches to others, which im sure help many people and it is a good thing to do, but as for this blog, please,(in the nicest way i can think of to say it) mind your own business and stay out of it, we have moved forward with this. Please respect that.

I do wish you the best with your future, continue to educate others and do what you can to make sure that noone has to experience what so many before have.

Lisa
jan

Rockford, IL

#39 Aug 1, 2008
Alcholism is a disease! driving a car while drunk is not a concious decision because they are not in their right mind to make that decision. I am totally in agreement with you about people enabling alcholics, but the sad truth is people do, family members especially dont see the truth when it is in front of them.However it happens it is a tragedy for everyone. Ifeel awful for you and what you have gone through. I do not love my nephew any less because of what happened but Iam disgusted with family members that allowed him to drive that way. Killing Christopher is something he will have to live with the rest of his life but I will not turn my back on him because of it. He needed help and did not get it and a tragedy occured,a horrible tragedy actually. I know in my heart if Brians mother(my sister) were still alive she would be devastated by this and that probably would have killed her (not the cancer) Brian was her baby and she helped him more than anyone will ever know.but when she died that help was gone. Dont't hate us for defending Brians life because he was ill with alcholism. Do you think he should of died too? I have been in touch with Christophers brother and I understand how they feel about the whole thing.I do not know you but I symphatize with your loss.I know I would feel the same way if one of my children were killed that way. Maybe when Brian gets out of prison he will work to keep roads safe from drunk drivers too! We are not ignorant people because we said Brian has a disease,he does have a disease the same as drug addicts have a disease. Its a physical and mental disease that people can't stop without help. Brian did not get that help! If I could of helped him I would have,but I live in Illinois and don't get to see him or the rest of my family in Florida very much since my sister died. Anyway, we are good people and Brian and his whole family are good people,not all drunk drivers are trash,(most are but not all).Brian was not trash, he made a HORRIBLE mistake and took Christophers life in the process and will live with that forever,as will we.
Jan
coupe

Longwood, FL

#40 Aug 1, 2008
i understand what everyone is saying and i do agree with it all but this is getting out of control..the kind of person that my brother was/is ,,he wouldnt want us all fighting on here about him or for him..i did it, we all did it, now we can stop and get along...i feel for every mom that has to go thru this, after seeing what my mom and dad went thru and still are....and also for brian simply because he is a nice guy and him and christopher were inseparable at times..yes he made a mistake by taking others lives into his hands but i know how my brother friended him and that doest make him a horrible guy...catch me in ten years and if brian is still drinking then we can do this all over again,,until then lets stop..please..maybe people who knew christopher can start leaving comments about the positive person he was...

thank you..
coupe

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