Letter of Warning: Time for Prom and Graduation

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Young people will soon don a tuxedo or dress, and/or cap and gown. I only wore a cap and gown as I graduated in a wheelchair.

When I was 16 and a Junior at Tracy High in 1992, I was hit head-on by a drunken driver. I played sports against other San Joaquin county schools. The crash put me in a coma with brain injuries, paralysis and several broken and dislocated bones. I was a patient for 7 months in two hospitals followed by therapy for 17 months.

Those challenging months prevented me from school, sports, and prom.

Teenage festivities are coming and I was in their shoes once.

Car crashes caused by alcohol change lives forever. I struggle daily with hearing, talking, walking, and I cannot drive.

I planned to attend a California college. With my disabilities, I could not go to and study at Imperial Valley College like I did in high school.

Drinking and driving is unwise at any age. If drinking happens, do not drive. Designate a sober driver before drinking begins. Listen to a victim.

Lori Martin
Tracy , California