A drunk driver apologizes to the family of the person he killed
Eric Smallridge is the name of that man. In 2003 he was sentenced to 22 years in prison on two counts of DUI manslaughter for killing both Renée's daughter Meagan and the other young woman in the car, Lisa Dickson.
Through all of this, the last thing Renée expected was to become friends with the man who killed her daughter.
Those two apologies lead to a remarkable relationship between Eric and Renée.
"The words 'I'm sorry' are kind of like the door that opens … that door to healing," said Renée.
"If people want to find healing and If we want to stop violence, I think that people need to sit down, and a person needs to say 'I'm sorry', and then a person needs to say 'I forgive you'."
This story originally aired on January 15, 2017