Susan Hendricks speaks with two people whose lives were permanently changed that fateful night.
Karolyn Nunnalle’s 10-year-old daughter was killed in the crash; Harold Dennis survived the crash but was left with severe burns over 20% of his body.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – With holiday celebrations come a lot of good cheer, but some people will partake in too much of the liquid kind. Louisville got a timely reminder on Monday as drunken driving prevention advocates set up at the busy intersection in front of the KFC Yum! Center.
If you passed by 2nd and Main Streets on Dec. 8, you probably saw a bus that looked like many others with one exception. It has a date on the side of it that many aren’t able to forget: May 14, 1988.
Carroll County bus crash survivor Quinton Higgins doesn’t just drive a bus for a living, he owns one. It is marked with the day 27 people were killed in America’s deadliest drunk driving crash. The seats hold pictures of the victims where they were on that night.
“I remember being in the bus. I remember the whole crash up until I got out,” said Higgins.
He believes it was God who told him to buy a bus. “Got this little thing in my heart, ‘Go buy a bus like you were on in ’88,'” Higgins remembered.
Higgins’ plan now is to drive it around to raise awareness of the toll drunk driving exacts.
“Even if they don’t stop, they’re going to read the sign, and they’ll go home and they might look this up on the internet,” said Higgins.
This event outside the KFC Yum! Center marks the first time Higgins has taken the bus outside Hardin County, where he lives and where many of the crash victims were from. He instantly recognized his parking spot as the site of another crash that made an impact.
“It was a mother and her kids, got hit coming from Frozen on Ice or something,” Higgins said. ….MORE