BOONVILLE, N.Y. -- From Noon until 6 pm Thursday, blood and tissue donors can give the gift of life at the 3-D blood drive. The 3-D stands for Dalton Douglas Dorrity, who was killed in a crash in 2017 after hiking Blue Mountain.
Dorrity had expressed on his driver's license that he would like to have been an organ donor. That was not possible, for a series of reasons. Those reasons are what's behind a bill his mother would like people in New York to get behind.
Amy Samson appeared on NEWSChannel2 at Sunrise ahead of the blood drive to tell her story:
She says, on the evening of May 19, 2017, her son Dalton and his two friends climbed Blue Mountain. This was normal for these three young men in their 20s who were aspiring 46er's. They would climb the mountain, reach the summit, sleep, and watch the sunrise in the morning. On Saturday morning after watching the sunrise the boys descended the mountain got into the car, and headed home because of work and other obligations.
On the way home the unthinkable happened, the driver fell asleep and the car ran off the road, hitting a tree killing Dalton and the other passenger immediately. The accident took place around 6 a.m. on Saturday May 20, 2017.
As a nurse, Samson says she is aware of the benefits of organ and tissue donations. She wanted to have that opportunity to donate and help others. She contacted law enforcement, the coroner, and the funeral home but, the accident was on a weekend, in a rural area, and there is currently no obligation for the coroner to notify an organ procurement organization.
She says her wishes were ignored. Hospitals are required by law to refer every death in a timely manner, so why don't coroners?
Lauren's Law requires the DMV to ask the question about organ and tissue donations before the transaction can be completed. If coroners are not looking at a license or making a referral, those who are on the Donor Registry will never have the opportunity to donate.
She's asking people to support Dalton's Law. You can view the petition for the law here.