Stan and I were blessed with the birth of Scott Benton Stewart, Oct. 27, 1980. He was our first child - first grandson on both sides of our family.
In an instant our lives were drastically affected by the decision of one person to drink and drive. I was traveling with Scott, age 3 months, to western Kansas to watch my little brother’s basketball game. We never made it to the game.
The last thing I remember was being well off the road and feeding Scott. I heard nothing nor saw nothing but she didn't see us either, hitting us full force from behind. I was not allowed to hold Scott for the last time. I literally attended our son's funeral on a hospital gurney. The impact upon our families was devastating, an indescribable pain.
When I share Scott’s story, I share his two favorite toys - baby toys that no longer get the love and attention of a child because of the decision of one person to drink and drive.
We were blessed with two other children after our loss, Spencer and Staci. Spencer at the age of 7 was told about the loss of Scott and he wrote to Scott:
Dear Scott "Where ever you are"
I just wanted to say that I'd really would like you to be on earth this lifetime And I wonder what you look like? I have seen pictures of you as a baby but I wonder what you look like now? And I wonder what you like to do …like play baseball or basketball or read or write. Well I like to do all that stuff. And I am your 7 year old brother. And I know only your Spirit or God can answer those questions. Your brother Spencer Stewart
I started as an advocate for safe and sober driving because of the loss of Scott. I continue because of our children and now grandchildren - as stats show our job is not over. A multitude of similar senseless deaths and injuries are still occurring.
Wanda Stewart is an advocate for traffic safety from El Dorado