Renee Napier & Eric Smallridge were at WHS on February 14 and gave a powerful presentation to Walton High's and Paxton's juniors and seniors. The students left with a real understanding of the dangers of impaired/distracted driving.
On May 11th, 2002, a drunk driver killed Renee's daughter, Meagan, and Meagan's friend, Lisa. The driver, Eric Smallridge, was sentenced to 22 years in prison. In the midst of grieving the loss of her daughter, Renee came to forgive Eric, and in turn Eric decided to make something positive out of his tragic mistake. Less than two years after Meagan's death, Renee began her journey giving DUI presentations to a multitude of audiences, including high schools, colleges, the military, churches, and DUI offenders. Since 2004, over 100,000 people have heard Renee's presentation during which she tells the story of Eric's decision to drink and drive and the healing power of forgiveness.
In April 2010, Eric was granted permission to join Renee in her speaking campaign. Eric captures the audience by boldly recounting the crash and his life in prison.
We would like to thank Ms. Napier and Mr. Smallridge for sharing their story with our students. And we also want to thank the Walton County emergency personnel that helped coordinate this event.
Visit the website below to learn more about Meagan, Lisa, Eric, and Renee.