According to ABC News, a nine-year-old Fort Worth girl, Xitclalli Vasquez, was paralyzed from the chest down when a drunk driver struck the car she was riding in. The driver, Jeremy Solis, was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.23 percent, nearly three times the minimum for a drunk driving prosecution. After copping a plea, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with the possibility of parole after five years.
As is usually the case during these proceedings, Vasquez was given the opportunity to address Solis in court, and her oral statement moved the participants to tears. “I don’t remember the first several days. I could not talk, so I had to use my thumb to answer yes or no,” she said. “While I was in UCLA I had very bad moments. They take xrays of me every day. I had tubes through my mouth and nose. There were times that I would cry and cry & hellip; in therapy they showed me how to lift myself and dress myself. But right now it’s still very hard. My mom does a lot for me but I try myself. There are days that I cry cause I can’t do what I used to. Well, I could keep going but my hand is getting tired. I would like you to meet me and my family…there are days that are bad because I have a hard time getting around.”….