CREATED Sep. 1, 2011
WHITEWATER - Whitewater High School volleyball coach Mary Kilar says her community's team spirit helped her get through the most difficult year of her life.
One year ago, Kilar's 6-year-old son Treyton was killed by a drunk driver.
"You know it’s very difficult," Kilar told TODAY'S TMJ4. "And the pain is something I can’t even describe."
Mary Kilar's volleyball team was playing in East Troy last year when she received the tragic news: A drunk driver hit her husband Michael's car. He and their two daughters survived. Their son Treyton did not.
Scott Dragotta was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the crash that killed Treyton.
Thursday night, family and friends participated in a fundraiser to build a little league diamond in Treyton's memory. "The Treyton Kilar Field of Dreams would bring a big league field to a little league diamond," said Mary Kilar.
Students at Whitewater High School wore t-shirts that read "Play for Trey." The kids also posted flyers around school reminding students of the dangers of drunk driving. And they sold balloons with special handwritten messages to Treyton tucked inside.
Dozens of balloons were released in his honor... his family dedicated to keeping the young boy's memory alive.
“I miss him," said Mary Kilar. "These days have been incredibly hard. And it’s just an overwhelming feeling of missing someone I love very much.”