"Death of an Innocent" 

My name is Amanda King and I am 11 years old.
I am the daughter of a San Diego Sheriffs Officer.

I heard a poem on the radio.  It isn't about police
officers but it might help people understand how terrible
it is to drink and drive.  The poem goes like this:

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"I went to a party, Mom, I remembered what you said.
You told me not to drink, Mom, so I drank soda instead
I really felt proud inside, Mom, the way you said I would.
I didn't drink and drive, Mom, even though the others said I should.

I know I did the right thing, Mom, I know you are always right.
Now the party is finally ending, Mom, everyone is driving out of sight.
As I got into my car, Mom, I knew I'd get home in one piece.
Because of the way you raised me, so responsible and sweet.

I started to drive away, Mom, but as I pulled out into the road,
the other other car didn't see me, Mom, and hit me like a load.
As I lay there on the pavement, Mom, I here the policeman say,
the other guy is drunk, Mom, and I know I am the one who will pay.

I'm lying here dying, Mom.. I wish you'd get here soon.
How could this happen to me, Mom? My life just burst like a balloon.
There is blood all around me, Mom, and most of it is mine.
I hear the medic say, Mom, I'll die in a short time.

I just wanted to tell you, Mom, I swear I didn't drink.
It was the others Mom.  The others didn't think.
He was probably at the same party as I.
The only difference is, he drank an I will die.

Why do people drink, Mom?  It can ruin your whole life.
I am feeling sharp pains now. Pains like a knife.
The guy who hit me is walking, Mom, and I don't think it is fair.
I'm lying here dying and all he can do is stare.

Tell my brother not to cry, Mom.  Tell Daddy to be brave.
And when I go to heaven, Mom, put "Daddy's Girl" on my grave

Someone should have told him, Mom, not to drink and drive."

The End

Thank You for your time.


Amanda King
June 7th, 1998
P.S.  A few days ago a San Diego CHP was killed in the line of duty. He crashed his car while on his way to catch a DUI.  If only that criminal knew what could happen when he drank and drive.

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