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Bucks County Mom Talks About Losing Her Son In A DUI Crash

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Bucks County paramedic warns that New Years is a time when many make the mistake of drinking and driving.

Paramedic Barbara Stebulis says it’s important to think about drinking and driving before New Year’s Eve.

“Because nobody thinks its going to happen to them,” she said.  “I can’t tell you how many people in cars, that the first words I hear from them is, ‘I can’t believe this happened to me!'”

In fact, those were her first words three years ago when she discovered her son Brett died in a DUI crash in which he was the driver:

“Initially, we were devastated that it was DUI related because it gives the impression of bad parenting,” she said. “Our family is all firefighters, EMS, and police officers and to have it happen in your family when that’s what your family is about is really hard.” We didn’t want to talk about it; and then we thought we’re not doing anybody any service here. If it happened to us, it could happen to anybody.”

Stebulis says her son returned home from a holiday party. Then he and his friends decided they wanted to go pick up sandwiches

“And he crashed about a mile from the house.”

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio

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  • Tara

    As Brett’s girlfriend at the time and the passenger in his car that fateful night, I am very appreciative of the steps to raise awareness the family is taking. Hopefully we all have learned from this tragic mistake and can help other people understand the heartbreaking effect our decisions can ultimately have. Brett is always in my heart.

  • kate

    this could happen in any family, and we are lucky if we have been spared the heartache. your son is looking down and is very proud of you– God grant this family peace.
    Happy safe New Year to all

  • Joyce M Curnell

    Brett Stebulis is, not was my nephew. He lives on in all of us. Thank you to my sister for sharing this and letting everyone know that there are “sober” rides home available. From our family to yours, have a safe, healthy and happy new year.

  • Barbara Stebulis

    AS ALWAYS, Sober rides home are provided through the Brett Stebulis Memorial. Contact information on Barbara Hobensack Stebulis FB info page.
    Thanks Barb…I hope he is

  • Barb Kindon

    what a powerful statement this family has made by stepping up and saying ‘it could (and does) happen to any of us’ – God Bless you for all you do to work towards prevention of this horror. I know Brett is proud of you!

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