This week will mark 6 months since a violent car crash claimed the life of Texas Tech Student Meagan "May" Rough. The 19-year-old died in December 2012, when police say a drunk driver smashed into the back of the car Rough was riding in. Rough was ejected, even though she was wearing a seatbelt.
Her death is a tragedy her friends and family relive every day. However, this weekend, they are using that heartbreaking situation to try and save the lives of others. Rough's friends have helped organize the MayDay 5K Glow Run and Walk.
"It's going to be a blast, you're not even going to realize that this came from a tragedy or anything like that," friend Emily Lipinsky said.
Lipinsky says money raised from the event will go to help Rough's family pay for medical bills. However, it's overall goal is to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving. Victoria Shaw, another friend of Rough, says it's an opportunity to turn something tragic into something good.
"It doesn't really get easier with time. It only gets harder. The way that I view this event is a way to make something good come out of something so horrible and so tragic," Shaw said.
Rough was a sophomore at Texas Tech, when she was killed. Police say Jason Chad White, 19, was drunk when he rear-ended the car in which Rough was a passenger.
"If someone hadn't chosen to drink and then drive, this never would have happened," Shaw said.
Rough, who liked to be called May, was known to light up a room anytime she was around. Shaw says she was outgoing and full of life.
"She was just so bright and colorful," Shaw said.
Though it's been 6 months since Rough died, Shaw and Lipinsky say they still struggle to come to terms with the loss.
"We're realizing that a drunk driver is who killed May and we want to do whatever we can to stop that from ever happening again," Lipinsky said.
The MayDay 5K Glow Run and Walk takes place Saturday, May 4th at 9 p.m. on Glenna Goodacre Boulevard, between Avenue S and Avenue T. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/MAYDAY5KGLOW
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