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Woman Who Survived A Crash With Drunk Driver Shares Story

space Woman Who Survived A Crash With Drunk Driver Shares Story


GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A woman who survived a crash with a drunk driver one year ago hopes her story will encourage anyone who drinks to stay off the road this weekend.

Jessica Deakin has strong feelings about the fact that driver has not been sentenced yet.

“I don’t remember seeing the car coming at me, I don’t remember any of it,” Deakin said.

Memorial Day 2010 changed her life forever.

“All I remember is waking up in the hospital bed and wondering what just happened,” Deakin said.

On a stretch of Highway 93 outside of Golden a drunk driver hit her car head on.

“I was very close to dying and I had no idea about it.”

Three others were also hurt. Deakin’s pelvic bone broke in nine places, her hip was destroyed, and every bone in her foot was broken.

“From my hip down I’m three-fourths metal now.”

Charles Stewart hit Deakin’s car at 84 miles per hour. His blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit and he later admitted to smoking marijuana. He pleaded guilty to DUI and other charges but has yet to be sentenced.

“He still has a license, he still is out on the road, he still has a job, it’s like he still has his regular life.”

“The justice system is so frustrating, the process is brand new to them,” Pam Russell with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said.

It’s been a tough year with surgeries, rehab and hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid medical bills.

“It was a miracle that we all survived but for me, he killed the soul,” Deakin said. “He killed the person I was.”

Deakin is still haunted by that night but hopes others learn from her — a living example of what could happen when you drink and drive.

“You never know where they are; that they’re actually out there. Still just the impact is just scary beyond belief.”

The district attorney has filed a motion to add aggravated charges against Stewart. He could face 36 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

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  1. JOHN says:

    I WAS HIT BY A DRUNK DRIVER–IM LUCKY TO BE ALIVE—I HAD MORE INTERNAL INJURIES AND BRAIN AND BACK TRAUMA–BASICALLY MY WHOLE SYSTEM WAS IN A SEVERE LIFE THREATENING STATE OF SHOCK AND I BARELY SURVIVED—BARELY—-THE WHOLE THING WAS THE SCARIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED IN LIFE—I COULDNT PUT IT INTO WORDS HOW BAD IT WAS—-MY WHOLE BODY WAS AFFECTED BY IT—I KNOW I AM SO LUCKY–EVEN THOUGH MY LIFE WILL BE THE SAME—I AM “LUCKY”—I GUESS—–I HAD A DAY THAT I WAS TEMPORARILY PARALYZED FROM THE WASTE DOWN—I DONT KNOW WHAT WAS THE SCARIEST—THE ACCIDENT/PARALYSIS/SUFFOCATING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT GASPING OUT OF MY NOSE FOR WEEKS-PRAYING ID WAKE UP BREATHING—-OR THE HEAD PRESSURE I HAD FOR A NEARLY A WEEK THAT I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE-IT WAS SO SEVERE I COULDNT WALK–I SCRIBBLED A NOTE SAYING BYE TO MY FAMILY IM SURE IF MY MOM DIDNT SCREAM AT THE PARAMEDICS ADMIT HIM!!!! I WOULD BE DEAD-I GOT IN THE HOSPITAL JUST IN TIME—I HAD COMPLICATIONS AND I MAY HAVE HAD MINI STROKES THAT LUCKILY DONT CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE—-I REMEMBER TIMES I FELT LIKE I WAS GOING TO CRASH ON THE GROUND—HAVING SEISURES–FEELING SO FAINT NOT NORMAL FAINT LIKE A FAINT FEELING SO FAINT LIKE U ALMOST FEEL LIKE YOU COULD DIE FAINT–VERY DIFFERENT FROM NORMAL FAINTING—-GOING OUTSIDE IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER TO BREATHE—I COULDNT BREATHE INDOORS THATS HOW BAD MY BREATHING WAS—I WOKE UP SO WHITE IT LOOKED LIKE THERE WASNT ANY CIRCULATION TO MY FACE—I WAS BREATHING JUST ENOUGH TO STAY ALIVE—BARELY BREATHING—EVERYTHING SEEMED SLOW—I THINK MY BODY WAS FIGHTING THE SHOCK EVERY DAY TO STAY ALIVE—JUST BARELY HANGING ON–I REMEMBERED THINKING ONE DAY—THIS IS SERIOUS—I COLD DIE FROM THIS—-ALL I KNOW IS—DONT THINK DRUNKS ARENT ON THE ROAD ON WEEKNIGHTS EARLY—I GOT HIT A LITTLE AFTER 10 LEAVING A WALMART—WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT?…..

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