Father hopes story of son's death will help teens

Tim Anito is not looking to place blame for his son Kyle's death.

"Never not one time did I blame that trooper for his death," Tim Anito told a group of Gibbs High School driver's education students Wednesday.

Instead, he hopes the students will learn from his story. His lecture at Gibbs High School Wednesday is his 22nd so far.

"I loved my boy. I wanted to be a best man," he said. "Our son wasn't an estranged member of our family. He was not a trouble maker. He was a kid just like you."

Anito knows his son made a mistake on November 26, 2011. He drunkenly drove his car and ran from law enforcement. But Anito says there's more to the story than drinking and driving.

Anito said his son arranged to have a ride home before he started drinking but the person left him at a party.

"He was too drunk to walk to his car so his friends walked him to his car. He couldn't find his keys, so his friends found them for him. They helped him open the door, put his keys in the ignition, started the car for him helped him put his seat belt on because he couldn't find it himself," Anito said.

Anito attempted to drive to a friend's house from the party. Trooper Charles Van Morgan saw Kyle speeding, but Kyle wouldn't stop. Moments later, Kyle crashed into a tree.

Dashcam video from Trooper Morgan's cruiser shows he ignored the crash instead of helping Kyle.

"The trooper slows down, looks right at the wreck, and makes his decision to go on," Anito said as he walked the students through the video.

By the time the trooper returns, Kyle's car was fully engulfed in flames.

"Their lives came together. Both of them were thinking exactly the same thing, as if I could just run away from this problem, this problem will go way," Anito said.

Anito wants students to know, if everyone involved had taken responsibility for their actions, Kyle may still be alive.

"It ruined both men's lives because neither of them understood the importance of making a decision and taking responsibility for the moment, to be bigger than the moment," he said.

After the lecture, students said it's a story they will never forget.

"I've never actually met a parent that's gone through it and so it's a lot different coming from him than it is the TV," said Gibbs High School student, Rebecca Price,16.


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