Family of boy killed on I-24 pushes for safe rides ahead of Super Bowl weekend

Luann Braunwalder speaks alongside THP ahead of Superbowl weekend (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – As you gear up for the big game on Sunday, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office wants you to add one more step to your planning: a safe ride home.

On Friday, highway officers, Titans officials, and families impacted by impaired drivers came together to remind everyone about the importance of staying sober behind the wheel.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Among those there was the family of Clifton Braunwalder. He was just 13 years old when he was hit and killed while helping his mom change her tire on the side of Interstate 24.

An impaired driver changed their family forever.

“My mom was standing behind Clifton, who was sitting on the ground, while I was behind the car. That’s when the screeching started,” said Luann Braunwalder.

“I saw my mom and my brother get hit by the car. My mom fell and Clifton was flung a considerable distance from the car. My mom was screaming as the car drove off,” she continued.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

She told News 2, “That day I woke up to a normal day, but it took a turn and ended with tears and heartbreak, all because someone made the choice to get into their car impaired.”

The woman driving that day is serving an 18-year prison sentence.

Additional patrols will be out across Tennessee this weekend with a focus on removing impaired drivers from the roadways.