INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — As an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer, Dan Shragal knows all too well the dangers of drinking and driving.
He has spent the past 20 years working DUI checkpoints and arresting drunk drivers.
“I’m close to 4,000 DUI arrests,” Shragal told our sister station in Indianapolis WXIN.
Still, nothing in his career prepared him for the phone call he received while working a DUI checkpoint last month.
“We had just taken a break and were coming back to finish up and my phone rang. I saw that it was Kirstin’s mom and through the sobbing and the screaming she got out that Kirstin was dead,” Shragal said.
His 22-year-old daughter and her 14-month-old son, Orion, were hit by a drunk driver near their home in Dayton.
Orion suffered a cracked skull and a broken arm. He is expected to recovery.
Kirstin’s husband, Andrew Burton, is by their son’s side during his recovery.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the family’s expenses. So far, more than $17,000 has been raised.
As for Kirstin’s dad, he is thankful he got to talk to his daughter shortly before the crash.
“I’m blessed that the last words I said to my daughter were ‘I love you, sunshine’ and she said ‘I love you too, daddy.’ That is the last time I spoke to her,” says Shragal.
According to People magazine, no arrests have been made.