Cops: Drunk Driver Kills Man Driving to AA Meeting

Reed Hindle had been sober 4 years
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2015 12:00 PM CDT
Cops: Drunk Driver Kills Man Driving to AA Meeting
Reed Hindle   (Facebook)

A 61-year-old recovering addict was killed by a suspected drunk driver while riding his motorcycle to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in New Hampshire. "Alcohol got to him in the end but not by his own doing," the man's sister, Meredith Patrick, tells CBS Boston. After struggling with addiction his entire life, Reed Hindle had been sober for four years, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. "He was at a point where he was going to get better," his son says. "He was the healthiest he had ever been." Hindle had even reconnected with his daughter, who tells CBS her father was working hard to be a better person and was "loving being at peace."

Police say 57-year-old Scott Berry had three beers and marijuana in his system when he hit Hindle with his pickup truck, CBS reports. In fact, the Union Leader reports Berry allegedly was drinking a beer at the time of the crash. Berry has been charged with drunken driving and negligent homicide. Hindle's family tells CBS he could have possibly turned things around for his alleged killer. "[Berry] needs help just like my brother did, because my brother very easily could have done the same thing," Patrick says. Following news of his death, Hindle's AA group held a moment of silence for their fellow member. (More drunk driving stories.)

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