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Coach shares emotional drunk driving experience

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A man with ties to Iowa is sharing his personal story with students across the United States to remind them to never drink and drive.

Five years ago, Brad Bigler and his family were hit by a drunk driver, killing his 5-month-old son.

At Hawkeye Community College Wednesday, Bigler explained how it forever changed his life.

Since five-month-old Drake died in that crash, Brad Bigler has been able to share his story with at least 20,000 people around the United States.

Southwest Minnesota basketball coach Brad Bigler is originally from Denver, but he has family in Waverly.

He's hoping his tragic story will remind others to never drink and drive.

"Just to be smart and be careful and obviously to think more about others than yourself," Bigler said.

Bigler says he and his family were on their way to their cabin one night, when a drunk driver hit their GMC Acadia.

They were taken to the hospital, and while he was unconscious,his wife had to see their five-month-old son die.

"Sometimes God has a plan, and you're just riding along with it, and when people ask for the story, I say yes," Bigler said.

Following the crash, Bigler's family pushed for tougher laws against drunk drivers, liking Interlock systems.

"To see that effort put forth and to protect people like my family, it means a lot," Bigler said.

"Every car is so different nowadays. That's more of the issue. Some are push-to-start, some are keys, some are just designed differently. So, that's just usually the biggest challenge. Otherwise, they're pretty straight-forward," Dennis Hofmann, an Interlock installer said.

According to MADD, these Interlock systems stopped more than 350,000 people from driving drunk in the last 11 years.

Bigler says the man who hit his family, had a Blood Alcohol Concentration more than four times the legal limit.

He was sentenced to four years in prison.

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