There is so much bad news out there that sometimes it’s difficult to turn on the television or computer without seeing anything good, particularly when it comes to driving under the influence. So today I bring you some good news and, yes, it has to do with a California DUI.
Cameron Allison Jr. was killed earlier last month by a drunk driver in Stockton, California. Allison, who was a running back for the Lincoln High School football team, was a passenger in a BMV that was hit by an Infiniti. Allison was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of his vehicle was in stable condition. The driver of the Infiniti, 31-year-old Anthony Calderon, was arrested by Stockton officers on suspicion of driving under the influence and is being held on $1 million bail.
Unfortunately, Allison’s story is not an unusual in that thousands of people die annually just like Allison did. What makes Allison’s story different is how the rival high school responded to the loss of Allison.
While high school rivalries can be fierce, Lincoln High’s rival Edison High put the rivalry aside, recognizing that all students are part of the same community.
Edison High gave Allison’s family a quilt and other items with the Lincoln High School logo and “Allison #9” on them and a check for $230. Allison’s teammates were give 70 water bottles with “Allison #9” on them and a card expressing their condolences.
“We just wanted to reach out to them. It’s not about north side versus south side, it’s about a community that feels their pain and understands what they’re going through,” said Edison Head Coach, Booker Guyton Jr.
Ani DiFranco once said, “I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap.”
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