This comment is directed at “Fortherecord” and “Chancelen.”
I am Alison’s brother-in-law; the one who drove 17-plus hours to get her home safe and sound.
Believe it or not, I understand your friendship with Keenan Broussard. If you are a friend you have to stick behind him in bad times as well as good times.
I get that.
However, I think your comments are inappropriate.
If you are a true friend to Keenan why did you not stop him from drinking? I learned from the Georgia Police that Keenan's blood/alcohol level was 146. The legal limit is 80. I also learned he enjoyed a big, steak dinner the night of the tragedy. That would mean that Keenan drank between 12 and 15 full alcoholic drinks to blow a 146 because the steak would soak up some of the alcohol.
I can only speak for myself on the matter of drinking and driving. I do not drink and drive, nor have I ever drove drunk. I choose to do that because it is the right thing to do; not because it is against the law - although I know it is a factor.
Sure there is nothing wrong with a glass of wine with dinner or a beer with the boys eating wings and watching Monday Night Football.
But when is enough enough? I can tell you if any of my friends had more than four full alcoholic drinks I would put a stop to it. That is what friends do. Real friends try to prevent a great guy from getting into a bad situation.
Where were you when Keenan needed your help and prevention?
You quote a lot from the Bible and I am not disrespecting you for that. But here is a quote from a John Donne poem that resonates with me and should for you: "Any man's
death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind and
therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
The bell was tolling for Keenan Broussard on Oct. 18th. He was drunk. He was driving too fast and out of control. He hit Alison and Randy's truck. The truck ran off the road and flipped four or five times. Randy Tallon did not make it. Alison was hurt badly and Keenan Broussard decided to run off and abandon two people in desperate need of help.
Keenan Broussard's GMC Envoy stopped working about a mile up the road. Just one mile short of him being charged for leaving the scene of an accident.
If you ask me if Keenan Broussard left the scene. I would say Yes! To me this is nothing but a technicality in the Georgia law. The fact is Keenan Broussard, an engineer, a good guy in your opinion, did not stay and help. He ran off.
This is the good guy you defend. If it was a mistake or an accident then why didn't he stop and help? “Fortherecord” and “Chancelen” you should ask your friend Keenan these questions and then come back and respond.
I am Alison's brother-in-law. I, along with my wife, drove Alison the 17 plus hours to get her home the other day. There are many, many things that have crossed my mind during that long drive. One of them was if Keenan Broussard should get another chance. I have always believed in giving people a second chance. I read with interest the many blogs here about giving Keenan a second chance.
What many of you do not know is that Keenan was given a second chance when he was 21 years of age. So what you, his friends, are asking is that we give Keenan a third chance.
Well I draw the line at that.
One of the many fine police officers I met during my time down there said to me that it was odd that an engineer would drink and drive. He said that they are not your typical drunk drivers.
I think I know what this policeman was trying to say to me.
Keenan Broussard is not one of those yahoos who does not care about anything or anyone. He is not the kind of person who gets drunk everynight at a bar just to cause trouble.
He is an educated man who knows better, which makes what he did far more criminal.
By his selfish actions Keenan Broussard committed murder. He just did not select his victim. Fate did that for him.
It is also shameful that the most Keenan Broussard will get in prison is a year. He will be able to continue with his life. He will have the opportunity to get married, have children and enjoy life.
Randy Tallon will no longer have those gifts life gives. Alison's dreams are shattered and let me tell you something my sister-in-law has overcomed many, many challenges in her life to get a chance at the Canadian dream. She was living that dream for close to four years. A dream she worked hard to achieve.
Keenan Broussard took that away from her and took Randy Tallon's life. Randy was one of those good guys. Solid guys that people could depend on. I did not know him as well as I should have. I am thankful that he provided Alison with some happy times.
I will not apologize for taking a hard stance about Keenan Broussard's supposed second chance opportunity.
In my mind he was given his second chance and did not learn from it.