WRIGHT TWP. – Dan Madry found the right vehicle to deliver a warning about the dangers of underage drinking.
The 53-foot trailer trucker Madry pulls behind his Kenworth truck tractor will tell the story of his son Brian's brief life.
The digital graphics will be completed within a few weeks and made into decals that will cover the trailer. They'll also promote the foundation Madry's been working to establish to raise money for scholarships in memory of his son.
It's the perfect way to reach out, the father said.
The 16-year-old Crestwood High School student was killed in a car crash on July 18, 2011. He was a passenger in a car driven by another teenager who had been at an underage drinking party.
The loss devastated the 52-year-old Madry and his family. He and his wife, Carolyn, partially settled a civil lawsuit filed as a result of the fatal crash.
The 16-year-old driver of the car, Adam Fredmund, had been drinking at an underage party at Fountain Lake in the Glen Summit section of Fairview Township.
He has admitted to homicide by motor vehicle and other charges and was declared delinquent. John Rushinski of Luzerne, who bought the alcoholic beverages for the party, received a sentence of one-year probation.
Still, the death left Madry searching for ways to drive home the message about the deadly consequences of underage drinking.
He'd been out of work for a while after the fatal wreck, believing stress contributed to him crashing a tractor-trailer on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. He has since gotten back on the road, bought the truck and a trailer and started his own company, Street King Trucking.
A character Madry called the Street King will be the featured story teller of his son's life.
His life has been reduced to this tragic figure, Madry explained. He kind of represents me.
The character's skeleton face is partially concealed by the brim of a hat and he's tossing cards toward the back of the trailer from the front. The cards will show Brian in different stages of his life, Madry said.
The rear door will resemble a Facebook page for Brian and contain a message similar to please don't try to Facebook me because I was killed in a drunken-driving accident, he said.
Madry's had help with the project from his younger brother, Todd, who lives in New York state, and designer Michael Graham from North Carolina. Fleet Decal of Plymouth is on board and will cover the trailer. Madry said he's paying for the decals that cost several thousand dollars.
With the cold weather settling it makes it tough to apply the decal outdoors in temperature below 60 degrees. The ideal place would be a heated warehouse big enough to hold the trailer, Madry said.
The foundation has been a little tougher to set up, and Madry acknowledged he could use some help. In order to set up a non-profit organization to raise the scholarship funds and distribute them, he has to have five people to sit on the board.
We need two more board members, he said.
The non-profit would give the foundation the mark of legitimacy for potential contributors so people know it's not a scam, he said.
Madry has committed himself to the project and viewed as a fitting tribute to his son who excelled in academics and sports.
I think he earned the right for the scholarship in his name, he said.
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