In April of 2015, a drunk driver ended 48-year-old Amy Stock’s life. Her family has decided that Amy would want her death to help save others’ lives, and they have turned her ruined SUV into a mobile memorial and educational tool to caution others about the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
When you approach the Amy Stock Memorial, you are immediately confronted with a tangled mess of bright blue metal, empty frames where shattered windows once protected passengers from the elements, and police caution tape. This was the SUV Amy Stock was driving when drunk driver – and repeat offender – Kadeem Fowler slammed into her at 65 mph on Henry Johnson Boulevard in Albany.
A video tribute to Amy plays on TVs, including the message Amy left for her sister about her plans for the day: “It’s supposed to be really hot, and I’m thinking about trying to be someplace where there’s water, at least for a little while.”
It’s a message any one of us could have left.
Amy’s siblings Maureen Moore, Eileen Anania, and Tom Stock wanted find some meaning in Amy’s death and decided to use her wrecked SUV as a teaching tool. Amy, an instructor at Empire State College who was considering returning to school for a Ph.D. in Education, would have liked that.
The siblings were inspired by a similar project in Texas and worked to get a trailer built around the car, similar to the trailers build around MRI machines by the company Medical Coaches in Oneonta. In addition to the the trailer, the siblings also worked with professional graphics, signs and window companies to create a powerful mobile memorial and teaching tool.
“We worked as a big team over the last year putting this thing together to make sure we could get it out there and get it in front of people to, you know, not just throw a car like this in the garbage, but use it as a teaching tool like Amy would,” Tom Stock told the Daily Gazette.
The memorial will be stopping at SUNY Empire State College, Skidmore College, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, Mechanicville High, Stillwater High, and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School this week, just in time to remind the community not to drink and drive during this week’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
The Daily Gazette: “Amy Stock Memorial rolls into Saratoga County”