WEST HOLLYWOOD—The family of Noah Benardout raised money for the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) foundation on Saturday, September 14 during the Walk Like MADD 5k walk.
“The inexcusable heinous actions of this drunk driver has abruptly ended the life of one man and ruined the lives of others for EVER. Nothing can bring my son back. NOTHING. Only awareness and justice can prevent ‘No More Victims’,” said Marie Benardout.
Benardout was a 24-year-old singer and songwriter killed six weeks ago in West Hollywood due to a drunk driver. Noah was waiting on the sidewalk to cross the street when he was struck in the intersection, by a vehicle driving at a high speed that collided with another vehicle. One of the vehicles was sent spinning into traffic where Noah was waiting.” He was killed instantly on the scene.
It was announced August 1, Jacob Gralitzer, 27, is the drunk driver who fatally struck Benardout, he was taken into police custody and charged with gross vehicular manslaughter.
Noah’s family has filed a lawsuit against Gralitzer, including Viacom and the production company Free 90 Media. It was said that Gralitzer left the premier party the company hosted intoxicated leading Noah’s death.
In a statement by Noah’s sister, Lily Benardout, she wrote:
“His brand new EP, Loners was finished the day he died. He will never ever get to enjoy the benefits of his hard work but now it is my mission not only to bring his music to the world but importantly to bring awareness through music to stop DUI for ever. Join me in supporting his foundation through fundraising events to lobby for an end to DUI.”
People can donate to the Walk like MADD fundraiser for the Benardout family at:
To keep updated with The Noah Benardout Foundation people can follow their Twitter @NBFLOVR.
“The Noah Benardout Foundation will resolutely preserve his legacy and through music, the Foundation will strive to bring actionable information, awareness, and advocacy on the irresponsibility and recklessness of driving under the influence.
With the support of musicians and industry figureheads, the Foundation will organize music-themed benefit events that will promote heightened awareness on DUI with hard-hitting facts and prevention consciousness that will permeate a generation,” reads a statement on the Noah Benardout Foundation website.