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Family mourns loved one killed by drunk driver

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AMARILLO – There are plenty of campaigns and public service announcements this time of year about the consequences one could face for drinking and driving, but drunk driving doesn't only affect the offender.

The Rincon family is spending their first holiday season with out their beloved father, grandfather and husband, Juan "Johnny" Rincon.

"He was a pretty outgoing guy. He loved to joke around," Johnny's son, Jacob said.

"He loved to dance," Johnny's daughter, Monica said.

"He loved helping people," Johnny's wife, Cathy said.

"He was someone I wanted to be," Johnny's 13-year-old grandson, Michael said.

Johnny lost his life in May 2012 when a drunk driver rear-ended his motorcycle at a high speed. The family found out about the accident when they found a picture of the wrecked vehicle posted on Facebook.

The driver of the truck that killed Johnny was charged with intoxication manslaughter, and failure to stop and render aid. The man bonded out of jail, and has yet to face trial.

"It's not fair," Monica said. "Just because the holidays are here and he's home with his family. With his little girl, and his wife. We don't get to have that because of his decisions. He chose to do that."

Johnny was the head painter at Bruckner's Truck Sales in Amarillo, an active member of his church, and a very involved father and husband.

Those who knew Johnny say he would give the shirt off his back if it were needed. Hundreds of people showed up to his funeral last May, despite the fact that it was pouring rain outside.

"All his friends miss him," Cathy said. "A lot. He helped everybody and anybody. You've got a ding in your door, whatever. Even if he didn't know you, he'd say ‘Oh I'll help you.'"

The Rincon family wants everyone to know that the consequences of drinking and driving can change many lives forever.

"Everything has changed," Monica said. "Every morning was a phone call to all of us. Good morning, I'll talk to you later, I love you all. Not anymore."

It's the little things they miss most. Little things that because of one drunken decision, they will never have again.

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