BAYSIDE -- Michael Janasik's mother Karen Behl still struggles to talk about the night in 2009 when a drunk driver killed her son.
"The car hit a light pole, flipped over and the driver actually left the scene and left Michael to die," Behl said.
Michael's parents donated the 18-year-old's organs, but they knew they needed to do more.
Karen decided to create an annual 5k walk in her son's honor three years ago. Sunday morning, more than 200 people came to Bayside to show their support.
The "Spread Your Wings" walk gives Michael's little brother the chance to talk to people about his best friend.
"I always try to bring his life into an aspect of mine in a way and just always try to spread the word about Mike," Rob Behl said. "Tell how great he was and everything."
Money raised at the event goes to Michael's Bayside Middle School. But it also helps get people talking about drunk driving laws.
State Representative Jim Ott lives in the district and signed up for the walk. He watched two of his bills aimed at tougher drunk driving laws fail last session, but Ott doesn't plan to give up.
"The more people that are here, the more support it shows both for the family, for education and hopefully we get support as well for tougher drunk driving laws," Ott said.
"What becomes a felony, what's a misdemeanor... I think we have a lot of work to do," Behl said.
Work that starts with a walk in memory of a son who didn't need to die.
"Definitely embrace your children, hug them every day, tell them you love them," Behl said.