"I truly believe his intent that day wasn't to drink what he did and it got to the point where he went over the edge and that's the thing I want kids to say, not everybody has to go over the edge. Somebody can pull back and keep people from going over the edge," Lutzenkirchen said.
Lutzenkirchen wants the kids attending the UR KEYS 2 DRV safety summit to make good decisions.
"I guess there's a lot of peer pressure, especially where I'm from," 16-year-old Walt Bowling said.
Bowling attends Berry High School in Fayette County and admits he doesn't always buckle up. But after listening to Lutzenkirchen's story he said he's more likely to do it now.
"I thought it was pretty brave for Mr. Lutzenkirchen to come out and speak," he added.
"It's a message these kids have to look out for one another and make good decisions," Lutzenkirchen said.
He speaks regularly to college and high school students about safe driving and making good decisions.
More than 170 west Alabama students attended the teen safe driving summit in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday.