Last summer, 9-year-old Xitclalli “Chilli” Vasquez was paralyzed from the chest down after a drunk driver collided head-on with the car she was riding in. At his sentencing last week, Vasquez read a letter she wrote to the driver. Before she was through reading, everyone in the Fort Worth courtroom, including the driver himself, was in tears.
In South Carolina, Loretta Robinson is grieving the death of her son, Justin Walker. Walker’s car was hit by a drunken driver, Anna Gonzalez, who pleaded guilty in court last week. Gonzalez’s guilty plea may have brought a sense of closure for Robinson, if she wasn’t constantly reminded of her son’s tragic death by the bills she’s had to pay as a result.