Fallen San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Ken Collier remembered at Walk Like MADD event

Hundreds took a stand against drinking and driving

SAN DIEGO - A fallen San Diego County sheriff's deputy was remembered Saturday during the annual Walk Like MADD event as hundreds came together to take a stand against drinking and driving.

It has been more than three years since Deputy Ken Collier was killed in a crash while on the job. Collier died while trying to stop a drunken driver who was traveling the wrong way on state Route 52 in Santee.

On Saturday, a team of his coworkers, friends and family members walked in his honor at Walk Like MADD. His fiancée Karen Li cheered them on the sidelines.

"It brings me every time back to losing my fiancé," she said. "It's so avoidable and preventable."

Li is a deputy city attorney. She sees how often drunken drivers can ruin people's lives.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says that so far this year, 1,400 people have been arrested for DUI, which has been the cause of nearly 300 car crashes and one death.

At Saturday's walk, hundreds of families kept their missing loved ones close. Kelly Shaffer says this is her way of healing after losing her parents to a drunken driver.

"The people who love them are left to try and deal with that," she said. "You can't understand. It's hard to forgive and forget, but you have to find a way to cope and move on."

Organizers of the event are hopeful that the walk will remind the public about the importance of making the right decision before getting behind the wheel.

This year, they added a course specifically for officers to give the public a chance to see a little bit of what they do every day.

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