DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Sunday was the second annual Cruise-In For A Cause, which started after 24-year-old, Teangelo Garrard, of Rock Island, was hit and killed by a drunk driver in 2014.
“Life is really not the same without him,” Samantha Harry, a friend of Garrard’s and organizer of Cruise-In For A Cause, said.
Friends and family say he was taken too soon, after he was killed while riding his motorcycle two years ago.
“I miss him and I love all the memories that we had together, all the good times we had together, all the joking around, all that kind of stuff,” Ethan Edens, a friend and former co-worker of Garrard’s said.
Now, loved ones are keeping Garrard’s memory alive with a Cruise-In For A Cause.
“Teangelo loved cars, whether it was collecting hot wheels, working at O’Reilly’s or working on his own cars, cars were his thing so that’s why we decided to do a big car show,” Harry said.
“it’s great to do something in his remembrance,” Edens said.
Rows of cars were on display, including Garrard’s, all to raise money and awareness to try to prevent another heartbreaking loss like Garrard’s.
“If you get caught drunk driving, it doesn’t just effect you, it effects your family, it effects your friends, it effects your work,” Jacob Harry, a friend of Garrard’s and organizer of Cruise-In For A Cause, said.
“You think it can’t happen to someone you know or love, but it really can and you know, it can easily be prevented and so we need to get awareness out there,” Samantha Harry said.
The event brought in 46 car entries on Sunday, and raised $800 that all go towards Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Jacob Harry wants people to remember, if you have been drinking to always have a sober driver. He says that is the first step to preventing a deathly crash like Garrard’s.