A 24-year-old Texas woman’s story has gone viral after she shared photos on Facebook depicting the aftermath of a horrific car crash she survived.
Kristian Guerrero lost her husband and unborn son in the crash caused by a college student who was allegedly driving drunk.
Guerrero shared photos of her totaled Toyota Corolla along with a picture of herself bruised and scarred in a hospital bed, holding her deceased baby boy in her arms.
“This is me finally being able to hold my son. This is what being in an induced labor for almost 24 hrs after surviving a car crash that killed my husband and my son looks like,” she wrote in her viral post that has been shared more than 400 times.
The accident occurred on Aug. 2, however, she just recently made the decision to share photos from the tragedy in hopes of making people realize the heartbreaking effects of drunk driving, according to Inside Edition.
“My story has been getting out there, it’s just been barely over a month, but a lot of [reports] were focusing on how sad it was that we were just a young couple, [saying] ‘they were so in love,' no one really showed the ugly side of it,” she said. “And it was ugly. It wasn’t okay. It did cause a lot of damage."
“I wanted people to see how damaged I was. I wanted to spread this fact that this was because of a drunk driver. My husband’s life and my child’s life were taken away because of alcohol," she continued.
Guerrero and her husband were on their way home from a trip to San Antonio, Texas when another car crossed the highway and crashed into their vehicle.
The other driver was identified as Texas State University student Shana Elliott, who reportedly reeked of alcohol when police spoke to her and allegedly rolled a bottle of liquor under a car before authorities arrived.
Elliott faces charges of two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault.
If convicted, she could spend between two and 20 years behind bars.
“It's not okay. It IS okay to stop a friend from driving. It IS okay to take someone's keys away from them when they're showing signs of being drunk,” Guerrero wrote. “And it IS okay to pick up the phone and call for a ride if you find yourself feeling a little too tipsy. It's not a sign of weakness."
“It's a sign of maturity to be honest with yourself and know the consequences of driving drunk outweigh any kind of shame you might feel admitting you're too drunk to drive,” she continued. “What's not okay is spending the rest of your life with the guilt of knowing you've taken someone's life and taken someone's life away before they even got a chance to be in this world. It's not worth it.”
Although she is still grief-stricken, Guerrero has returned to cosmetology school and began devoting time to spreading her story and speaking out against drunk driving.
“I could've died aug [sic] 2nd but God had other plans,” she wrote. “I'm left behind to fight this fight for my husband and my son. And I will continue to spread awareness and share this story until the day I die in hopes it prevents anyone else from feeling the pain I walk around with every day. I refuse to let my husband and my sons [sic] deaths be in vain.”
While Guerrero’s story is tragic, the fact that she is using her experience as a learning tool for others is both noble and heroic.
Her life is forever changed, but instead of being bitter and angry, she is choosing to use her pain to influence others to make better choices than Elliott did. How Guerrero is handling this ordeal is a true testament to the power of humanity.
Banner Photo Credit: Facebook, Kristian Guerrero