Girl Paralyzed By Drunk Driver Leaves Jury In Tears
A Texas girl who was paralyzed by a drunk driver left the jury in tears as she read a letter she had written, which also left the driver, Jeremy Solis, crying.
Xitchlalli “Chilli” Vazquez, 9, presented her four-page letter, titled “From One of Your Victom,” which explained that she was going to the mall with her sister “to get my hair cut and my nails done” when the crash occurred, reports Yahoo! News.
Vasquez was paralyzed from the chest down when a drunk driver’s car collided head-on with the car she was in in Fort Worth, Texas. Vasquez stated that she didn’t remember the crash, adding:
“I don’t remember the first several days. I could not talk, so I had to use my thumb to answer yes or no. While I was in UCLA I had very bad moments. They take xrays of me every day. Feed me through my gbutton. I had tubes through my mouth and nose.”
The girl paralyzed by the drunk driver presented the letter during Solis’ sentencing at Tarrant Country Court. The jury was left in tears when Vasquez added, “Look at what I said that the words I said and tell me how I look and feel. How do you feel today? Do you remember July 8th?”
ABC News notes that Arabella Vazquez, Chilli’s mother, also talked about her daughter’s recovery, calling her a miracle child. Arabella explained:
“It is very difficult when your child suddenly has a handicap. But no matter how bad it is, we feel blessed to have Chilli with us and fortunate that she is alive. She is a survivor … we all have faith she will walk again someday.”
Chilli stated she plans to send Jeremy Solis more letters while he is in prison serving his 10 years for intoxicated assault. She added, “I hope Jeremy would respond to my letter. It will make me happy if he says he is sorry.” Considering the girl who was paralyzed by Jeremy Solis had the drunk driver and jury in tears, he is likely sorry for the pain he caused.