LISTEN: Family remembers boy killed by drunk driver outside St. Louis Zoo

"I only had him for 7 years. It's too painful to go there sometimes." -Angie Maue

Megan Lynch
May 20, 2019 - 9:17 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) —Eighteen years ago a St. Louis area family was forever changed by a drunk driver.

May 18, 2001, 7-year-old Luke Maue was on a field trip to the zoo with his first grade class. The group was standing outside the entrance on Wells Drive when a car, with a drunk driver behind the wheel, jumped the curb. "That I only had him for seven years, it's just too painful to go there sometimes," said his mom, Angie Maue. "It's two and half times that we've lived without him than we lived with him ... that's just unimaginable to me. But we live it every day."

The driver, Robert Robertson, was underage and his blood alcohol level was nearly three times over the legal limit. 

Maue said she started her journey of forgiveness the day of Luke's death. "I can't right the wrong that Robert Robertson did. But hopefully I can go after the sins of others and hopefully help them not make that mistake. So I think that's what helps me continue in that forgiveness. But yeah, when he was getting out of jail ... I really struggled with that."

The family hosts a run every September in honor of Luke called Run4Luke.

They hope by sharing his story, someone will make a better choice and other families won't have to suffer the same loss.

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