Kara Goucher tweets about father’s death, pleads no drinking and driving

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J6hwdZqhOlympian Kara Goucher took to Twitter Thursday to take a stance against drunk driving.

“Today my son is exactly the age I was when my father was killed by a drunk driver. Please don’t drink and drive,” she tweeted.

When she was 4, her father, Mirko Grgas, was killed by a drunk driver who lost control of his car and launched it over the median on Harlem River Drive in New York City, Runners World reported in 2008.

Goucher ran in memory of her father at the 2008 New York City Marathon and became the first American woman to earn a top-three finish at the New York City Marathon in 14 years, USA TODAY reported.

Goucher tweeted about her father earlier this year when a runner and mother of three, Meg Menzies, was tragically killed by a drunk driver while out on her morning run in mid-January. “I lost my father to a drunk driver. Run (or walk) to honor Meg and for safety this Sat. ” she wrote, joining an awareness movement.

Goucher is one of two Olympians who will compete in this weekend’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia half marathon.

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