May 10, 2013 12:45 PM by Samantha Ptashkin
TUCSON- In August 2008 17-year-old Shane Harvey was about to start his senior year at Catalina High School.
His mother, Carmen Cervantes, says her son was a jock who loved a good joke. "Just a kid with a big heart," Cervantes says. "He always tried to make everybody laugh."
But on August 10, Shane's life took a deadly turn.
He and four of his friends were heading down Mt. Lemmon after a night of fun. At milepost 13, just after the Windy Point Vista, the driver of the car lost control. "In the middle of the night I got a phone call from my daughter Brittany," Cervantes says.
She hoped for the best, but when she arrived at the hospital doctors told her Shane was dead. "I just fell to the pavement," Cervantes says.
Cervantes later learned the driver of the car had been drinking alcohol. "I couldn't understand for a long time why Shane had gotten into a car with someone who had been drinking," Cervantes says.
It's a mistake she and so many others wish they could take back.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one person is killed in an alcohol-related crash every 50 minutes. "We all know it's something we shouldn't do, but so many people continue to do it," says Jason Frazier of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Frazier says the only way to stop it is through having open discussions and educating young adults.
Unfortunately Shane's lessons came too late. "I never dreamed I would live through this," Cervantes says.
But she wants to relay the message, hoping it will help save someone else's life. She says that is what Shane would have wanted.
The teen who was driving the car down Mt. Lemmon is now behind bars.