It's been a little more than a month since the deadly crash that killed 18-year-old Samantha Loy. Authorities say Loy had been heavily drinking the night her car rolled over along Interstate 70. Now her family is speaking out about her life, the issue of underage drinking, and the hard lessons they hope everyone takes away from their tragedy.
It's been an emotional month for Tim Larsen, dealing with the tragic loss of his stepdaughter Samantha.
"She was just so full of life and it was great," said Larsen. "Everybody that ran into her just fell in love with her, she had that personality."
He says Samantha was very outgoing, loved to have fun, was involved in all kinds of activites, and had a bright future ahead of her.
"She'd get upset with herself if she got a B," said Larsen.
A future that was cut tragically short. On February 9, Loy was ejected from her car as it flipped over on I-70 near mile marker 23. Colorado State Patrol says she wasn't wearing a seatbelt, was texting, and had a BAC of .195 -- more than twice the legal limit.
"I think it's gonna bring about a great deal of difference to a lot of people," said Larsen. "Something good should come out of this. It has to."
Larsen says he wants every college student to think about the pain he and his family are going through as they make decisions about drinking alcohol.
"College is a place to get educated, not to get trashed, but it seems like a lot of them are doing it," said Larsen. "Use that education on how you go about the rest of your life, about drinking and whatever else."
With the recent rash of fatal crashes that have involved underage drinkers, he also has choice words for people who provide alcohol to minors.
"Give them the chance to grow up," said Larsen. "They can turn twenty-one before they start doing all that.
He hopes law enforcement will step up efforts to crack down on them.
"If they're twenty-one, they should be held accountable for anything that causes danger to somebody like that," said Larsen.
Larsen says he and his family have been overwhelmed by the number of people who say Samantha touched their lives. And even though she's gone, he's confident she will continue to reach people for years to come.
"To have an impact like that on people definitely is going to do something for those who are going the wrong direction," said Larsen.
Loy's family has hired an attorney and is looking into filing charges against the people who gave her alcohol that night.
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