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20 years later: A family’s lifetime of consequences for one woman’s choice

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SEATTLE -- One Northwest father says his family's story should serve as a strong message to those who decide to drink and get behind the wheel.

Ron Holmdale says on October 31, 1995, he received a call from Harborview Medical Center that no parent should ever get. His son, Mike, was hit by a drunk driver at the age of 22. He was fighting for his life.

"My wife and I got a call at 2 o'clock in the morning from Harbroview telling us that Mike was in a serious accident," Holmdale says. "I asked the doctor, what would you do if you had a 22-year-old son fighting for his life... and he said, I'd let him fight.  I said that's what we're going to do."

It's been 20 years since the crash. Mike is quadriplegic and needs around the clock care.

Mike's driver served just five months in jail before walking away a free woman.

Now, Ron, Mike and the Holmdale family support Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Both father and son will be at the MADD and MADD Dash 5k this Saturday at Green Lake Park in Seattle.

For more information on the event, click here or watch the story above.