On Wednesday, Sept. 9 the students of DLHS and LACTC gathered in the Sports Center to hear Lynn and Donna Mickelson talk about a terrible thing that happened in 2012.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9 the students of DLHS and LACTC gathered in the Sports Center to hear Lynn and Donna Mickelson talk about a terrible thing that happened in 2012.

On July 6, 2012 the Deutscher Family packed their vehicle for a trip to a family reunion in Bismarck, ND. It was a warm summer evening and the roads were perfectly clear.

Allison and Aaron were a young couple who had just begun their family a year earlier with the birth of their blue-eyed daughter Brielle. Allison was now pregnant three and a half months with their second child.

This trip was a chance for them to share their excitement with family, who eagerly awaited them at their destination. But Aaron, Allison and Brielle would never arrive at their destination. In a matter of seconds, the young Deutscher Family was gone.

Killed by a drunk driver.

Allison’s parents, Lynn  and Donna Mickelson spoke Wednesday at 10  a.m. to the Seniors and Juniors. Then at 1:30 p.m. they spoke to the Sophomores and Freshman plus students from Starkweather and Edmore Public Schools.  

The car the Deutscher’s were driving on that fateful day was on display throughout the day in the DLHS Sports Center parking lot.  

The relatives of the Deutscher family donated the crashed car to the Safe Communities Coalition of the Red River Valley for educational purposes. The car is the centerpiece of a traveling display made possible by a donation from AAA clubs in North Dakota and Minnesota. The display is available for Law Enforcement agencies in North Dakota and West Central Minnesota to give viewers an opportunity to see first-hand the tragic result of drunken driving.
 

This presentation given to the students, faculty and staff of Devils Lake High School and the LACTC really had an impact on those who heard it, according to Officer Ben Harkness who works full-time as the School Resource Officer for Devils Lake Public Schools.

Harkness said he thought the presentation was well received, in fact afterwards several students went up to the Mickelsons to speak to them and give them hugs. Harkness reports there were tears in many eyes in the audience.

“It was a tough message,” Harkness said. “But it really touched home. I think everyone who heard it will think twice before they drink and drive after hearing the Mickelson’s story.”

He said they handed out cards to everyone encouraging good decisions and you could tell it touched the students as well as the faculty and staff that heard their story.

“I believe it will make a difference,” Harkness added. “the family helped work for tougher DUI laws and hopefully the culture is changing, people are getting more aware of the consequences of their actions and making better decisions.”
“I know I will remember this,” Harkness said.

If you would like more information about this presentation please go to their website www.deadlycrash.org