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Heartbroken Father Doesn't Want Any Other Parents To Go Through What He Has

Rick Ellis, a father from Arkansas, has opened up about the devastating series of events that led to the death of his 6-year-old daughter during a car accident. At his daughter’s heartbreaking funeral, Mr. Ellis knew that he had a responsibility to expose the person who had killed his daughter – Rick’s ex-wife Christy.

If Christy’s accident had been a simple mistake on the road or the fault of another driver, perhaps Mr. Ellis would have been able to forgive his former partner. However, neither of these factors influenced the crash. In reality, Christy lost control of her vehicle because she had been drinking and partying before driving.

So when his daughter’s funeral came around, Rick used the opportunity to condemn his wife’s reckless behavior and warn other people about the very real consequences of drunk driving. To spread his message, Mr. Ellis decided to take a video after the funeral.

In the video, the camera is initially pointed at Rick, who is speaking to the camera: “I’m going to show you something that is the end result of your partying on Friday nights, Saturday nights, whenever,” he says. “Want to get drunk, play around, get stupid? This is what happens…”

As he stops talking, Rick moved the camera to point it at the fresh gravestone of his beautiful young daughter, Lindsey Kay Ellis, and ex-wife, Christy M. Johnson Ellis. Rick believes that his daughter might still be alive today if Christy had seen a similar video during her partying days.

According to ‘Parenting Isn’t Easy’, Rick’s ex-wife had begun drinking heavily after she lost her job and struggled to find new employment. As the drinking and partying escalated, Rick began to worry that Christy was neither a safe supervisor or a good role model for his daughter.

Christy’s fatal crash was reported after an intense argument between Christy and her new boyfriend. At the time, the trio had been taking a short holiday to the Gulf Shores, Alabama. However, for most of the trip, Christy and her boyfriend spent their time getting drunk or arguing with each other.

After her final argument with her boyfriend, Christy wanted to get away for a few hours. Despite her highly inebriated state, the irresponsible mother packed her daughter in the car and drove away.

When Christy began reaching high speeds, she lost control and drove straight into a guardrail. The impact flipped the car off the road and instantly killed both passengers.

After Mr. Ellis told the funeral procession this story, the anguished father urged everyone in attendance to be responsible, to put family over partying, and to find help if they are struggling with addiction or depression.

Since making this impassioned plea, Rick Ellis has followed it up with heartbreaking appearances on local talk shows, radio programs and public events. We hope that Rick’s story serves as a wakeup call to other people like Christy.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism or family issues, we strongly encourage talking to them about it and helping them get the assistance they need.

Source: Parenting Isn't Easy
Photo: Rick Ellis/Facebook

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