A 26-year-old listed the toll her body has paid at the hands of a drunk driver: impaired memory, multiple pelvis fractures, knee fracture, knee replacement, deep head and facial gashes, broken and missing teeth, spinal injury, seven facial surgeries, three of which were oral, constant pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety.
The young hospital nursing assistant was walking across Atwells Avenue on Federal Hill one and a half years ago after a celebratory night out with her father when she was run down.
“One careless mistake … changed my life forever,” the girl laments.
One of the worst consequences of the attack was that her little boy called her horribly disfigured body and face that of “a scary monster.”
The 25-year-old former university student who ran her over, pleaded no contest to driving while intoxicated with serious personal injury resulting and leaving the scene of an auto accident with serious personal injury resulting. A NYC Spinal Injury Attorney said the pleading was part of a plea bargain that was apparently agreed to by the victim.
The judge imposed a prison term of 10 years, with 3 years to serve in the minimum-security section of the Adult Correctional Institutions. The magistrate recommended work release followed by 3 years of home confinement. The balance of the term is to then be suspended with probation. He is also to lose his license to drive for two years beginning with the completion of home confinement, undergo mandatory drug and alcohol counseling, and pay a $1,000 fine.
The 26-year-old mother was hit shortly before 1 a.m. in the vicinity of the Blue Grotto restaurant. She was thrown into the air, carried several hundred feet on the good and was left unconscious in the street in a puddle of her blood.
She had just finished dining out with her father and was on her way to get her car when the accident happened.
In Manhattan and Long Island, car accidents cause many different injuries, many of which are spine related.
The driver left the scene, but two witnesses followed him in their car and helped the police locate him by staying in contact with them via their cell phone. He was stopped and arrested; his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
When the young man faced the young woman in the courtroom, he apologized and hoped that someday he could have her forgiveness. A NYC Spinal Injury Attorney said she was surrounded by about 16 relatives and friends at the trial.
Injury suits happen daily; they are an attempt to get rightful compensation for those unlawfully hurt by others. When you are in need of legal counsel, contact a New York Spinal Injury Attorney.