LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) - A father from Ludlow is sending a strong message to drivers after a drunk driving crash nearly took his son's life.
Twisted metal, shattered glass, Manuel Chaves says it is a miracle his son escaped this mangled wreck with his life.
"I cried, I looked inside and I just could not believe he got out alive, somebody pushed his button and the lord pulled him through for some reason," said Chaves.
Chaves said his son was drunk when he collided head on with another drunk driver.
His son is recovering, but the horror of the close call is something he wants no other parent to experience.
"If I can save some kids life this weekend that's what this is about."
Parents have been bringing their children by the display; taking in the powerful message.
Lori Brissette said "I think it's pretty scary, I have a teenaged son and nieces and nephews so it's pretty scary to see that picture knowing that that could be their car."
But the message isn't just for drunk drivers it's also a reminder for anyone who texts behind the wheel.
"It can cause accidents and it can distract you and the next thing you know you could almost be dead," Olivia Upton said.
"I don't think they realize they're putting other people in danger and not only themselves," said Edward Kijek.
"You can probably get away with it sometimes but sooner or later you're going to end up like this," Chaves continued.
Chaves plans to keep the display up through Tuesday morning.