breaking news

breaking news

UPDATE

live video


Officer who made 4,000 DUI arrests loses daughter to alleged drunken driver

Published: Sunday, September 13, 2015 @ 8:30 AM
Updated: Sunday, September 13, 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Trending on Facebook

More popular and trending stories

An Indiana police officer was working a DUI checkpoint Aug. 22 when he received a phone call with devastating news: His daughter had been killed by a suspected drunken driver.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Dan Shragal, 48, recently shared the story about the loss of his daughter, 22-year-old Kirstin Burton, in an emotional interview with WXIN-TV.

“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," said Shragal, a 25-year IMPD veteran who has made nearly 4,000 DUI arrests.

>> Read more trending stories

According to the New York Daily News, an alleged drunken driver in a pickup truck struck Burton in Dayton, Ohio. Burton's car crashed into a tree, killing her and critically injuring her 14-month-old son, Orion, who was in the back seat. 

"I was furious that the one I couldn't get my hands on took my daughter," Shragal told WXIN.

Shragal said he is determined to get back to work and prevent other tragedies by getting more drunken drivers off the road.

In the meantime, he can take some comfort in remembering his final exchange with Burton, known for her inspirational words on Periscope and love for her friends and family.

“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,'" he told WXIN.

GoFundMe page has been started to collect donations for the family. Click here to learn more.

Trending - Most Read Stories

'Mini-Me' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:21 PM

Actor Verne Troyer, Best Known for ‘Mini-Me’ Role, Dead at 49

Verne Troyer, famous for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" comedies, died Saturday. He was 49. 

>> Read more trending news

Trending - Most Read Stories

Waffle House shooting: 4 dead after nude gunman opens fire in Tennessee, police say

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:12 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:23 AM

Police: 4 Dead After Waffle House Shooting by Nude Gunman

At least four people are dead after a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee.

Trending - Most Read Stories

Missing brothers: Pittsburgh police searching for 2 boys who disappeared Friday

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 1:11 AM

Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday. (Photo via Pittsburgh police)
Pittsburgh police
Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday. (Photo via Pittsburgh police)(Pittsburgh police)

Pittsburgh police are seeking assistance in finding two brothers

>> Watch the news report here

Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday.

>> Read more trending news 

According to a news release, the two brothers are known to frequent the Brookline area. 

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to call police at 412-323-7800

Related

Trending - Most Read Stories

Lyrid meteor shower 2018: 8 stunning photos of the celestial display

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:25 AM

The milky way and traces of meteors illuminate the sky over Burg on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, northern Germany, Friday, April 20, 2018, during the Lyrid meteor shower. (Daniel Reinhardt/dpa via AP)
Daniel Reinhardt/AP
The milky way and traces of meteors illuminate the sky over Burg on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, northern Germany, Friday, April 20, 2018, during the Lyrid meteor shower. (Daniel Reinhardt/dpa via AP)(Daniel Reinhardt/AP)

This year's Lyrid meteor shower reached its peak this weekend, and photographers flocked to social media to share some stunning snapshots of the celestial display.

See the images below:

>> MORE: Lyrid meteor shower 2018: When, where and how to watch | More trending news 

Trending - Most Read Stories