WINSTON-SALEM – Former Winston-Salem news anchor Tolly Carr is back on the air at a station in Charlotte following his time in prison after a fatal drunk driving incident.
Carr served nearly two years in prison for the drunken driving death of 26-year-old Casey Bokhoven, who was hit and killed in March 2007 when Carr drove his truck through a construction zone with a blood alcohol level over two times the legal limit.
Officials at WCCB, the Fox affiliate in Charlotte, say the former WXII anchor has been doing some fill in work over the holidays. Carr's also been volunteering for the Crash Prevention Network -- a project of long-time Triad anti-drunk driving activist, Mike Jackson.
“He has to make a living,” said Jackson of Carr. “He's served his time.
"He's never tried to duck it, he's never tried to blame it on something that happened to him as a child or anything else. He stepped up like a man, faced his penalties and we have a lot of respect for that."
Carr talked to News 14 Carolina after a September presentation in Durham, where he told convicted drunken drivers that it only takes seconds for something to happen.
"To know that you're responsible for someone -- a mother that lost her son, a father that lost their son, a brother that lost their best friend and his brother -- it's very hard to deal with," said Carr, who is now hoping his story will help others.
“You have to think and make responsible decisions.”
In addition to speaking at schools, Carr does a presentation once a month with the Guilford County district attorney's office. Jackson thinks getting Carr out there may help others.
“Tolly is trying to correct his life and correct that mistake to some degree and keep someone else from making his mistake,” said Jackson. “That's what his message is all about."
Carr is now paying restitution to the Bokhoven family.