A young life is taken away in a drunk driving tragedy. Wednesday night, Jacob Dickmeyer’s friends gathered to remember him. The lone survivor of Monday morning's crash, Colby Burke, joined the group.
“This shouldn't happen but it does,” said Erin Korne.
But when it does happen, people gather to remember a life lost too soon.
“This tragedy has changed all of our lives, some for the good and some for the worst,” said Korne.
Wednesday hundreds of people gathered at the Valley Park baseball diamond. Gathered on the field Jacob Dickmeyer once played.
“He just had the biggest heart he was literally everyone's best friend,” said Enya Denker.
“He basically touched a lot of people with his big personality and big heart. He never judged people,” said Taylor Francis.
Colby Burke, who was riding in the car Monday morning, used his crutches to stand. He was there to support everyone else, mourning the loss of Dickmeyer.
“He just loved life, he was an adrenaline junkie, he just like to have a lot of fun,” said Burke.
He says the two had been driving around Monday night, looking at Christmas light displays. According to an affidavit, Burke admitted to police that the two has been drinking that night. Surveillance video shows them at a nearby bar and grill just before the crash. The affidavit also states that police found an almost empty bottle of Jagermeister in the car.
Burke says he doesn’t remember the crash but he remembers when he heard Dickmeyer didn't make it.
“I immediately started crying, I just didn't expect it, I didn't even know that we got in that bad of an accident,” said Burke.
But Wednesday wasn’t about Burke. He wanted everyone to remember the friend he knew so well.
“I know that he's up there watching down on me now, he's going to help me through my life,” said Burke.
A life that, now, has a sober reminder, of the consequences of drinking and driving.
“You never think it's going to happen to you but it could,” said Burke.
Channel Six has learned that Dickmeyer had been convicted of driving while intoxicated, first offense, back in March of 2011. He was on probation until April 28th, 2012.