He Drove Drunk Someone Died--And so

Author: John DiConsiglio Source: Scholastic Choices


This article is about a 19 year old boy. Dan McCoy who came home from collage to go hangout with some of his buddies and drink. That is kind of normal for teens to have a few drinks and have some fun. But he went too far. He started taking shots around noon, then he got an invite to a frat party. He and his friends decided to go. It was about five o’clock in the morning when Dan finally stopped drinking, but he was drinking since noon so he is drunk. Amy the 17 year old girl also drunk needs a ride home, the teen offers to take her home and she accepts. That was a huge mistake.

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Three Facts

1. “A lot of us there were underage but that didn’t stop us from lining up at the keg.” They are underage and then after drinking they are going to drive. More than 90% of teens drink alcohol at a party. 51% of car accidents are teenagers 16-19.

2. Dan McCoy, 19 years old, driving at five in the morning, but has been drinking vodka and beer since noon with all his buddies. He steered off the road and killed a passenger, Amy (17 years old).

3. Dan got charged with homicide and underage drinking and was put in jail for 18 months. If you kill anybody from underage drinking and driving there will be a price to pay.


1) Sorrow (noun) - a feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment

2) Grief (noun) - deep sorrow, especially that caused by someone's death

3) Discipline (noun) - the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.

My Opinion

This article “He Drove Drunk Someone Died—and so” is really strong because it impacted me and probably saved a few lives. The story sets a great example why you shouldn’t drink and drive. It tells the consequences, and he also says how everyday he goes to bed asking, “why me?” The story had many statistics that were very helpful.

The Novel

This article relates to the Adoration of Jenna Fox because Jenna, Locke and Kara were all in a car underage and were driving. They must’ve got distracted just like Dan, for a split second to cause a tragic accident that killed someone. (Amy. Locke, Kara)