The Car of A Woman Killed By a Drunk Driver At The Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Washington State Patrol displayed 22-year-old Samantha Semmern's car at the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo as a reminder to not drink and drive.
The young woman was killed last August when she was hit by a drunk driver at the intersection of Highway 240 and Van Giesen in Richland. The side of her car was completely smashed in during the accident.
Troopers said that having her car at the fair helps get the word out about the dangers of getting behind the wheel drunk.
Semmern had plans for the Peace Corps until her life was cut short. She grew up in Richland and her family is very active in the community in educating people about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Wednesday afternoon many children, teens, and adults stopped at the display to ask why the car was there. Troopers and other law enforcement explained the sad and deadly situation.
Benton County Deputy Joe Lusignan said this gives the community a first hand look at what can happen if you get behind the wheel after you have been drinking.