Originally dubbed the “miracle girl” by first responders, a young North Carolina woman now questions whether she would have ever even been injured by a drunk driver had North Carolina had tougher drunk driving laws.
The young woman, only 18-years old at the time, was hit by a drunk driver earlier this year when a drunk driver hit her car head on. Following the accident, it took almost 2 hours for firefighters to get the young woman free from her can – which was completely mangled.
The accident resulted in the death of the drunk driver, and almost killed the young woman. In fact, the young woman suffered a tear in her aorta and broke almost every bone in her body – leading to a three month hospital stay.
Now that the young woman is out of the hospital, she recently told WFMY News 2 that she believes that “[y]ou shouldn’t give somebody a second chance to hurt somebody.”
The young woman stated she was informed by law enforcement that the drunk driver had received a previous DWI, so if drunk driving laws were more strict, he would not have been behind the wheel on the night of the accident, she conveyed to News 2.
Although the young woman is still learning how to walk again, she has plans for what she wants to do in the future – namely, to speak against drunk driving in middle and high schools.
Source: WFMY News 2, “Drunk Driving Victim Wants To See Laws Tougher For DWI Offenders,” Liz Crawford, August 16, 2012
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