A Grieving Widow’s Plea For Safe Driving

HOLMESA grieving widow supports a safe ride program hours after her husband was killed in what Slidell Police are calling an alcohol related crash.

“I just wanted to die,” widow Cynthia Noel said.

Cynthia Noel is reliving the moment she found out the love of her life had died in a car crash.

“He was a wonderful person,” Noel said.

It was around 2 o’clock, early Friday morning, when Ronnie Holmes’ SUV collided with a truck at the intersection of Front Street and Fremaux Avenue.

Sadly he died at the scene.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter asked, “How was the other driver? Miraculously only has minor injuries,” Slidell Police Spokesman Daniel Seuzeneau replied.

The 42-year old father of five girls had just left the house a short time to get something to eat.

His family is devastated because the fatal crash happened just a few blocks from their home.

“I want him back I been waiting all day for him to walk back through the door and he’s not,” Noel said.

Her loss has sparked a Safe and Sober Ride Program; lead by The Slidell Police Department.

“Anybody who can’t find a right home or don’t have a designated drive can call Slidell Police Department and one of our officers will provide you a safe ride to your house,”  Seuzeneau said.

Noel supports the program.

“I hope it doesn’t happen to another family because I don’t know how I’m going to make it,” she said.

Because police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, and because national statistics show a spike in alcohol related crashes during New Year Celebrations, this grieving widow is sending a tearful plea to the public.

“To not drink and drive and keep your loved ones close to you and don’t let go,” Noel said.

DWI patrols have been increased, and officers will have zero tolerance for impaired drivers.

The safe ride program begins  Friday night and will continue through the first of the year.