Last Friday, we broke the story that the two brothers killed in separate auto accidents on the same December night, had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in their systems.
It’s a tragedy their parents are still trying to deal with. The boys' father is a Warren County deputy sheriff, who since has been charged with DUI, and their mother now wants to speak out.
Twenty-three-year-old Rory McDowell died when his pickup struck a tree in the 1200 block of Plum Springs Road around 1:25 a.m. on December 7. Just twenty minutes later, 21-year-old Cory McDowell was killed when his car hit a tree and caught fire on Mount Olivet Road.
Authorities say the men had been drinking at the Spillway Bar where their father was playing pool. He and the boys' mother, Rose Marie McDowell, have been divorced for five years.
Mrs. McDowell asked us if she could make a statement about her sons.
"They had every intention of getting home when they left. It never entered their mind that they would never make it home. So to anyone that's listening, I just plead with them that please, please do not drink and drive. And I also wanted the public to know these boys are not hoodlums, they're not gangsters. What happened was not common for them. That was not their common character. To judge an individual by one incident does not give a true picture of their character. These were good boys."