You’re on your way to high school graduation, one second you are talking to your best friend about what you will do after high school, and all of a sudden you find yourself struggling to breath, your face was in the airbag, and your car was flipped over. You were rushed to the hospital, missing the one day you’ve been waiting for. About a week later when you were released from the hospital, you figure out that your best friend that was in the car with you had died. When you got in the accident, the other driver was drunk and had swerved into your lane at the last second and was going the wrong way. You tried to get out of the way but it was too late, he had killed your best friend, due to his foolishness.
Almost 300,000 drunk driving accidents occur in one day. 112 million adults have driven under the influence of alcohol. Many people are killed while being a part of a drunk driving accident, a lot of them were children. In the year 2011 226 children were killed in a drunk driving accident, 54% were actually in the car with the drunk driver.
Effects of drunk driving
This is a story on a 7 year old girl that was involved in a drunk driving accident, shown on “The Faces of Drunk Driving”, “A drunk driver in a stolen pickup speeding the wrong way down a busy Fort Worth street slammed head-on into her car. Jeremy Solis landed in jail for 10 years, and Chilli landed in a wheelchair.
When Arabella Vásquez arrived at the hospital, she wasn’t sure that her fourth child would even survive the terrible crash. Her little girl’s injuries were massive. But Arabella says Chilli is her miracle child, and after 105 days in the hospital, Chilli went home to her—and her family’s—new life.
Now her parents, brother, and sisters help take care of her.
It’s not every day that a child confronts an offender in a courtroom. But Chilli is no ordinary child, and her touching four-page letter to the drunk driver who left her paralyzed reflects her strength and compassion. She worries whether the man who caused her life-altering crash misses his family. She wonders if he remembers the crash, and if he’s sorry. Chilli says it time and again: don’t drink. She says if you do drink, do not drive a car or truck. She reminds all who’ll listen that they don’t want to hurt anyone, and they don’t want to go to jail.
Arabella initially had to quit her job to be able to do all the extra things it takes to care for a disabled child. She says it’s not easy to look after Chilli and her four brothers and sisters. Some days Chilli is sad and depressed. Some days there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. There is no end to the medical bills, which exceeded $1.6 million during the first month Chilli was in the hospital.
Still, Arabella is proud of all that Chilli has accomplished since the crash. She laughs and plays like other children. She does well in school. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up so she can help others...