The Death of Steven Rhone – One Year Later

By Garth O'Brien | July 27, 2008 
Filed Under DUI

Bellingham, Washington. I maintain this blog and my DUI website to increase public awareness about drunk driving. Finding time to post articles with some frequency can be difficult with a 60+ hour work weeks and a family. Once again I recently went over four weeks without posting one article. Then I received an email from Sandra Rhone.

Sandra Rhone reached out to me last summer when her son Steven Rhone was killed by a drunk driver. Steven was 19 and visiting friends at Western Washington University when a drunk Damian Scott MacKay drove into and killed Steven. The story is heart wrenching, but unfortunately not unique. Too many lives are taken from us each year from drunk drivers. However, this was the first time a victim’s family member contacted me and wanted her son’s story told.

Sandra desperately wanted the world to know about the horror her family experienced. A series of articles about Steven were published and I have kept in touch with Sandra since. When I opened her email I saw solemn images of Bellingham’s finest and city workers installing a new traffic sign on the corner where Steven died. Overwhelming sadness ate away evidence of my typical jovial self. I started thinking of Steven, and then of Kollin Nielson, and finally of Bawny McQuistin. They are quiet reminders why I maintain this blog. Maybe I am just sentimental about these individuals, but look at the pictures yourself and think about your reaction. Then think about driving the next time you drink alcohol.

Drunk Driving

Steven Rhone

DUI Blog Comments

4 Responses to “The Death of Steven Rhone – One Year Later”

  1. Jose Salviati on July 28th, 2008 9:09 am

    My reaction is to feel both incredible pride at how strong my sister has been through this terrible tragedy and profound sadness at the loss of my amazing nephew.

  2. timethief on July 28th, 2008 9:13 pm

    This terrible tragedy has touched those of us who don’t even know the family. Drunk drivers are a menace on the road. I should know as one almost took my life and in fact injured me so badly that I am no longer able to live the kind of life I once did.

    Thank you so much for publishing this family\’s story.

  3. eyelash on September 7th, 2008 10:06 am


    This is great site, I’ll be checking back and I am giving you a fave on

  4. Jensen on October 17th, 2008 12:28 am

    Rhone was and is a great friend of mine. Much love to the whole family for being as incredibly strong as they all have been.