Life Stories: Lessons unlearnt

Last updated 05:00 19/09/2012
Beth Watkinson - killed by a drunken driver.

Related Links

Share the story of someone you've lost Life stories: So young, so loved, so missed Life stories: The woman who could do it all

Relevant offers

Stuff Nation

Four-pronged attack to rid myself of anxiety Have you been pro-active against cancer? Pet of the day: Rocky's a sports fan 'Things could have been a lot, lot worse' Are rules around video replays hurting cricket? Pet of the day: Georgie's the most loving pet Top five reader comments Guys in utes, not tourists, are 'worst drivers' Simple acts of kindness made for great neighbours 11 reasons the Black Caps will win the Cricket World Cup

My sister Beth died 25 years ago - killed by a drunken driver while her unborn child lay cradled in her belly. The man who killed her was 63 - Beth was 26. Her daughter had 14 more weeks to go to start her life.

The price of my sister's life was $2000 and a six-month suspended licence - for him. For me and my family, it has been years of grief, loss and anger. I clearly remember someone telling me it would get easier with time and you do get used to the absence, but never to the loss.

Beth Watkinson was a bright, blue-eyed blonde who had found her calling as a healer. She was one of the first massage therapists in New Zealand and was training as a herbalist. She was engaged, planning a wedding, happy and full of life, until the 26th of June, 1987, when her life was taken.

Today I look at the penalties for drunken drivers and I realise we have learnt nothing in the last 25 years. We still treat these deaths like a bit of an "oops" because we still see alcohol abuse as a bit of a joke. That's the real tragedy.

View all contributions
Ad Feedback


Special offers
Opinion poll

Would you send your child to a total immersion school of another culture?



No opinion

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content