Raising awareness, remembering a victim

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Deanne Roberts poses with her late son Daymon Wachtler's daughter, Kaydon, 3. (KEIZERTIMES/Lyndon A. Zaitz)

Deanne Roberts poses with her late son Daymon Wachtler’s daughter, Kaydon, 3. (KEIZERTIMES/Lyndon A. Zaitz)

Deanne Roberts organized a rally on Saturday, May 25, to build awareness about drowsy driving.

Her son Daymon Wachtler, who would have turned 22 last Saturday, was killed in December 2009 when a car he was riding in was hit by a driver who had fallen asleep. Wachtler was 18.

Last Saturday was proclaimed by Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher as 3DAD: Daymon’s Drowsy Driving Awareness Day. The event was held at River Road N. and Chemawa Road N., in the Mr. Video parking lot.

Six months after Wachtler was killed his fiance, Lacey Thomas, gave birth to their daughter, Kaydon.

Deanne Roberts asked for and received a proclamation from Christopher in 2011 for May 25 to be Daymon’s Drowsy Driving Awareness Day in Keizer, where the family moved after Wachtler graduated from high school.

Family members and friends were on hand last Saturday to hand out fliers and NODD (No Drowsy Driving) wristbands.

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