It started out as a post-swim meet pizza date. Five teenagers in a mid-sized Buick, out for an evening of fun. All too soon, the evening turned into one of screams and death, four lives lost, two kids terribly injured, the Buick smashed beyond recognition by the impact of the heavier convertible, whose driver was the fourth fatality. But it didn’t end then. Forty years later, aftereffects of the crash were still reverberating among the survivors – siblings, parents, friends, neighbors, and teachers – who were left to deal with the follow- on realities of a terrible tragedy, one more episode in the continuing American story of drunk driving and its consequences.
“Jack Torry tells the riveting story of an all-American tragedy that is as real and raw today as it was when it happened 45 years ago. Even though you might never have heard of the young people whose lives ended or were changed by that night in January 1965, you’ll care deeply about them when you read their stories in these pages. This is a poignant tale that celebrates the hopes and dreams of sports, of youth and of life.” — CHRISTINE BRENNAN, USA Today sports columnist, commentator, ABC News and NPR