Thursday, November 30, 2006

Driving Safely Always

Its the last day of the month. *Sigh* Christmas draws nigh. Only yesterday we were laughing and hugging each other and wishing ourselves a Happy New Year. Now December is around the corner all over again. Gayly lit shop windows, gayly decorated shop floors, Christmas Lights switched on in town centres and on the streets too, my christmas list growing daily, there always seems to be someone you've forgotten to put on the list. There is so much goodwill at Christmas - Smiles, Hugs, Presents, Eating, Drinking - The Drinking Bit especially!!!


I would like to sound a warning to all out there this yuletide season. If you drink, please dont drive!! The story I'm about to share is one of those stories that I wish were an urban legend. It is so true and so heartbreaking.


This young lady was shown on Oprah's Show and what a loving, forgiving young woman she is! An amazing story of what she has suffered and will bear for the rest of her life.


















Jacqueline Saburido was 20 years old when the car she was riding in was hit by a drunk driver.

Pic 1: Jacqueline Saburido before the accident.

Pic 2: Jacqueline and her father before the accident.

Pic 3: The car in which Jacqueline traveled. She was hit by another car that was driven by a 17-year old male student on his way home after drinking a couple of hard packs with his friends. This was in December 1999.


Pic 4: With Friends before the accident

Pic 5: With her father during treatment in 2000. Without a left eyelid, Jacqueline needs eye drops to keep her vision.

Pic 6: Jacqueline was caught in the burning car and her body was heavily burnt during around 45 seconds. After the accident Jacqueline has needed over 40 operations.



Not everyone who gets hit by a car dies. How True!! Some like Jacqueline will live in pain and sufferring for the rest of their lives. This picture was taken 4 years after the accident and the doctors are still working on Jacqueline, whose body was covered with 60% severe burnings. Now 24 year old, the driver of the other car cannot forgive himself for driving drunk on that night seven years ago. He's aware of devastating Jacqueline Saburidos life.

Please drive safely not only at this Yuletide Season but at all times!!!


28 comments:

  1. It's graphic stuff like this that needs to be shown to people, not those action films in which the hero swigs a couple of drinks or more, then speeds on the streets like an F1 racer without hitting anyone.

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  2. I saw this a couple of years ago and it still has the same effect on me.

    OMG, this is horrible... especially when it was someone else who caused this.

    People don't listen... until it happens close to home. We have so many commercials here but I don't think it makes a difference...

    God help us.

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  3. OMG!!!This is horrible!!Drunk driving should be carry serious penalities..& to imagine someone else caused this!!
    It reminds of an iccident which happened recently here when some drunk teenagers crushed to death while returnin home from dinkin sprees..U can Imagine da pain & sorroe their families went through.....

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  4. I don't want to say much here on this pathetic and tragic story. Because my beloved mother was killed in a tragic road accident.

    I wish you all the best in the loving care of the Almighty God Jehovah.

    Cheers.

    Take care always and God bless.

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  5. tERRIBLE!!! i WATCHED IT ON OPRAH... IT'S HORRIFYING REALLY... SERVES AS A GRAPHIC LESSON TO ALL FORSURE!.. I FEEL SO SORRY FOR HER AND EVEN THE GUY WHO DID IT HAVING TO GO THROUGH THE REST OF HIS LIFE KNOWING HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT.. BUT THE GREAT THING IS THAT THE YOUNG WOMAN HAS SO MUCH FAITH AND THE ABILITY TO FORGIVE.. gOD BLESS EM ALL!

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  6. I saw this show and i couldnt stop crying. Thanks for bringing attention to this...

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  7. thanks for sharing this. i remember seeing her on Oprah. I tell you...it's only God who guides us! May God be with her and her family...

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  8. Oh man.. How very tragic. What a good reminder to not drink and drink..

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  9. @Azuka: Yes Indeed.

    @Londonbuki:I hope it does make a difference to all.

    @Clara: The irony is that the teenagers and drunk drivers think they are enjoying themselves but end up devastating other people's lives.

    @Orinkinla: So sorry about ur mum.

    OWNB: I can just imagine the daily pain that young lady and others like her are going through.

    @Uzo & Belle: It is a heart rending story.

    @Skittles: I hope it drums into the ears of all who drive out there - not to drink & drive.

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  10. What a sad story. It highlights the message to people out drinking in bars and clubs. It's not worth ruining somebody's life like this.

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  11. I think I saw that before. It's a really sad story. This typa thing makes you wanna take back the hands of time. It really sucks man. May God give her the strength to pull through, Amen.

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  12. Fuck!!!
    That picture just reminded me of Kechi, now I fell terribly sad. Fucing stupid arsed country. The bastards didn't fucking have water in the fire stations.
    Ooops....back to blog topic. Nobody should be allowed to take over a pint at any pub. That will reduce the number of blokes getting drunk abit

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  13. I saw this last year or so and just couldn't watch it. I remember shedding a few tears because this lady was so beautiful!

    Well, there goes the word of advise o. PLEASE DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!!!

    CG, How now?

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  14. I saw this also some time back - its very sad - she is a very brave woman - to have this happen to her and carry on living. God help her.

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  15. @TP: It does send out a strong signal to those party and clubbing animals out there. If you've got to drink, then take a taxi or public transport back home!!

    @butterfly girl: My pleasure!!

    @Vera: I'm sure that guy has wished for that several times over - if only he could turn back time for jacqueline. Unfortunately, the deed is done and she has to live with it.

    @Nosa: Who is Kechi? Was he or she involved in a fire or accident also?

    @desola: Thanks Babe!! I dey like dele oh!! (smile)

    @LOASCM: Very Brave lady indeed. I would be absolutely shattered but she has been so brave!! God bless her, keep her and give her great cause for joy everyday of her life.

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  16. I saw her on Oprah sometime ago and till this day, it still gets to me - I still can't look at the picture for more than a second

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  17. Needs to be heard here in Lagos too. Some guys think they are supermen with the ability to function 100% under the influence of alchohol. Some make very stupid decisions. People please be smart about this and don't agree to be driven by a drunk person either.

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  18. MUST PEOPLE DRINK?SEE HOW SHE HAS BEEN MESSED UP FOR LIFE.THANK GOD FOR GIVING HER A STRONG SPIRIT

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  19. This is so sad, i wish to God that people would be more responsible, we see such images and are aware that these things happen, but we always seem to think that somehow we will never be involved in such and we then throw caution to the wind.........

    Human beings sef!!!!

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  20. C'est horrible!

    I can only pray that peole learn not to drink and drive.

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  21. I saw this and all my troubles and woes seemed so small. Like what the heck have I been miserable about? I have seen this story about 4 times and it horrifies me everytime.

    In Naija, we are particulary at risk b/c there's no-one even bothering to do a breathalyzer test. I mean, even the police men on the road are drunk and stoned. How can they ask drivers not to be?

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  22. Oh my goodness!!!!!! Thats why I thank God daily that the stupid drunk driver excuse of a human being that hit me didn't leave me waiting/wishing for death....Kai, see the pretty face, see what became of it. God help us o, I better stop drinking wine sha, its my holiday demon.

    HA!

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  23. I read her story long time ago. It shocked me for months.

    Keshi.

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  24. I think we ought to be more careful. I think there should be stiffer penalties for drunk driving. I think your site has alot of traffic why not try www.adbrite.com

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  25. very heartbreaking indeed. i tell u.whoever said beauty lasts forever? i bleed for her!

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