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‘He was so easy to fall in love with': Wife remembers husband lost to alleged drunk driver
Published Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:06PM CST
Last Updated Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:07PM CST
Alyscia Kaufmann is trying to adjust to life after her husband Tanner Kaufmann was killed by an alleged drunk driver in September.
“Now I have to figure out how I am going to raise these two little boys alone and just figure out how to be a single mom when that wasn't what my choice was,” she said. “I wanted to have that family unit; I wanted him to be here to raise my children. Now they're five and seven and he's barely seen any firsts."
Kaufmann said she remembers Tanner as a handyman. He was heavy duty mechanic, a creative dad who coached his son's sports teams and an outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing.
“He just had this way of making people feel comfortable,” said Kaufmann. “You would walk up to him and you wouldn't even know him and you would just start talking to him like you had known him forever. He was so easy to fall in love with."
On the day Tanner Kaufmann died, he was training the family’s new puppy to become a hunting dog. The pair was out for a walk in a field north of the city when Tanner's parked truck was hit by another truck travelling alone on a rural road.
"He had taken her to a field, an area that he has gone multiple times before. It wasn't a random field. It was an area that he knew well, that he thought was safe,” said Kaufmann. “It was an area that he had been multiple times before and he didn't come home."
The driver of the truck, 19-year-old Colby Heid, has been charged with impaired driving causing death.
"I feel that he isn't going to be a statistic, I'm not going to let him because he wasn't just some random guy in a field,” she said.
“He was Tanner Kaufmann; he had a family who loves him and he's not going to be a statistic. This is his legacy and I will walk this path with him and I will do it because I don't want any other families to feel this pain.”
Kaufmann said when she's ready, she wants to advocate against drinking and driving and rally change.
"I'm ensuring that they don't forget and I'm putting a face to it because it's real,” said Kaufmann. “It can happen to you, it can happen to any random person doing any random thing on any random day. To those people that drink and drive, yeah, you can do it. It will happen and it has and it continues to happen and it needs to stop."
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall recognizes there is a drinking and driving problem in the province. He said action needs to happen now.
"Obviously more needs to be done,” Wall said. “It's just unacceptable.”
Based on a report by CTV Regina's Morgan Campbell