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Zaundra Brown
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Former Prison Inmate, DUI-crash Victim to Deliver Powerful, Life-changing Message at Georgia Piedmont Tech

Covington, GA - November 29, 2012

Chris Sandy was a pretty normal 22-year-old kid. He enjoyed playing sports, fishing and hanging out with his friends. In 2000, that normal life came to an abrupt end when Chris decided to go to a party, slam four drinks, and drive on a country road outside Atlanta, Ga. Traveling at a speed of 77 mph in a 35-mph speed zone, Sandy's car crashed into an oncoming vehicle, killing the elderly couple in the oncoming car. Sandy will chronicle his journey during a riveting presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m., at the Conference Center of Georgia Piedmont Technical College's Newton Campus Building D, located at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway in Covington, Ga. 30014. The presentation, hosted by the College's Law Enforcement Academy, is free and open to the public.

Sandy's oral testimony about impaired driving and its consequences will be interwoven with the showing of the 2008 DUI television documentary "Enduring Regret: Chris Sandy's Story of Living Life After Causing Death." In 2009, the documentary won two Emmy Awards–one for Best Documentary for a television presentation with dramatic impact and one for Best Director–from the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Sandy was charged and convicted on two counts of vehicular homicide by DUI and spent 8½ years in prison. During his incarceration, Sandy's commitment to preventing others from repeating his mistakes, led him to share his powerful story with more than 130,000 young people in Georgia. Sandy was released from prison in 2009 and is serving the remainder of his sentence on parole/probation until 2031. Now a consultant at Atlanta-based Enduring Regret, the former inmate continues sharing his live "Enduring Regret" presentations to people of all ages at schools, colleges, conferences, military bases, and business organizations nationwide.

Joining Sandy onstage will be Eric Krug–once a standout baseball player at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta–a victim of a DUI crash. Krug was a typical college student enjoying life, hanging out with friends and having a good time. But the life that he knew came to an abrupt and horrific end on his 21st birthday. On that night, Krug made a life-altering choice: he and three other friends got into a car that was being driven by a drunk driver. The drunk driver crashed into trees, killing Krug's teammate and best friend. He suffered head trauma and was left in a coma for over a year. Because of the traumatic brain injury that he sustained, Krug lives with complications. He is unable to speak and uses adaptive equipment to communicate with others; he has short-term memory loss and has difficulties recalling important events in his life. From the horrific crash, Krug must walk with the assistance of a walker or use a wheelchair. Like his colleague Chris Sandy, Krug has made it his mission to save lives by sharing his powerful and inspirational story at middle schools, high schools, colleges, churches, and military bases nationwide. Krug's inspiring message is delivered through an iPad and voice of his mother Joyce Krug or Sandy–his brother in law.

For more information about the "Enduring Regret" documentary, visit http://enduringregret.org. For more information about the Sandy and Krug presentations at GPTC, call Beverly Thomas, chair of the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Division of Health, Public Safety & Security at (404) 297-9522, ext. 5302.

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, ADA504Coordinator@gptc.edu or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, TitleIXCoordinator@gptc.edu or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at https://www.gptc.edu/gainfulemployment.

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