It can happen to you

Most of us have heard of Jacqueline Saburido. In 1999, she survived an impaired driving crash after suffering third-degree burns over 60% of her body. The crash also took the life of two of her friends. Reggie Stephey was convicted of two counts of intoxicated manslaughter and was sentenced to seven years in prison and was fined $20,000. He was released from prison on June 24, 2008.

Jacqui was featured on the Oprah show in 2003:


I found a few other videos of her story; each as devastating and inspiring as the next. I hope you will take the time to watch and share with your loved ones.


Five year later, Jacqui focuses on her recovery.


As of 2011, Jacqui is living in her hometown of Caracas, Venezuela and has undergone over 120 surgeries. Her medical costs are upwards of $5,000,000.

What do you think of Jacqui’s story? Does her ability to forgive inspire you to forgive someone in your life? Do you think Reggie’s sentence was adequate?

Two years ago, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver. In honor of Donna Jean Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

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