TakeOff Run/Walk remembers state trooper killed by DUI driver

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LATROBE, Pa. - A race was held at St. Vincent College in Latrobe Saturday in memory of a state trooper killed by an impaired driver.

The 5th annual TakeOff: Honor the Past, Shape the Future Run/Walk remembers Trooper Kenton Iwaniec, who was killed in 2008 when his car was hit by a vehicle driven by a woman who was speeding and driving under the influence.

TakeOff also honors other DUI victims, raises awareness about the seriousness of impaired driving and encourages the community to have a positive influence in the reduction of impaired driving.

Hundreds of people participated in Saturday’s run/walk, which was emceed by Channel 11’s Courtney Brennan.

Kenton Iwaniec’s mother, Debra Iwaniec, said, “Today is a celebration of all the people who have lost their lives to impaired drivers. It’s a senseless crime. It’s a crime that is preventable, and we’re just doing everything we can to carry on our son’s legacy of saving lives.”

Money raised at the event goes toward the purchase of breathalyzers for local police departments.