Parents say lessons could be learned in deadly wrong-way crash that killed their son

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Alex Linard, 23, was killed when a suspected drunk driver going the wrong way crashed into his car (WSYX/WTTE)

Alex Linard’s life was ended in an instant when he was hit by a suspected drunk,wrong-way driver on his way home from work on St. Patrick’s Day. Now, four months later, his family is preparing to confront the man charged with killing the 23-year-old.

The trial of Samuel Sharifi,22, is scheduled to start Wednesday.

Sharifi is charged with two felonies, including aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. Prosecutors said he was speeding the wrong-way through the intersection of Summit Street and 15th Avenue when the crash happened at 2:15 a.m.

Brad Linard said he hopes people will learn from what happened to his son.

“Hopefully someone takes away from it, you know, I just remember that happened so I am going to make a good choice tonight. Alex was just at the wrong place at the wrong time," Linard said. "Things can happen in a split second , you hear that all the time. This truly was a split second and I just hope people remember it and be cognizant of it when they make decisions in the future."

“People need to be aware of those situations. There are things you can do to prevent those situations,” said Deb Linard, Alex’s mother. “I think everyone needs to appreciate what you have. And the moments you have with people you love.”

The Linards said they are working on “the new normal.”

“There are days, I will be honest, where my heart is broken. And I am lost and empty and there is this big hole and you are trying to cope and get through.There’s other days where I am off to the fight. For my son. My boy. That I am his, I’m his voice now and that is my life’s mission is to be his voice,” Deb said.

The couple said they have started a scholarship in their son’s memory. They also have purchased some distracted driving simulators.

“When I see my baby again, that he holds me and says I am proud of you for what you have done and that is my mission to make sure he is proud of me,” said Deb.

“Each time we are at court, it is raw and it just brings me back to the day that I lost him, and it’s very hard,” Deb said. “I have my faith. And I believe my boy is in heaven. So that is my comfort and that I will be with him one day.”