A month after her husband and unborn child passed away from a drunk-driving collision, a woman is speaking out to make sure that something like that never happens to anyone again.
A Chevrolet Impala, driven by a Texas State student, crashed into a Toyota Corolla carrying 24-year-old Kristian Guerrero — who was pregnant — and her husband in August. The student had reportedly admitted to drinking.
After 24 hours of induced labor, Guerrero delivered her stillborn child. On Sunday, she shared a Facebook photo of holding her child — along with an image of the crashed car — to show the world the effects of drunk driving.
"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," she wrote on Facebook. "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."
As of September 21, her Facebook post was shared more than 8,500 times.
"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," she wrote.
Guerrero is glad that her post is getting a ton of positive exposure.
"I wanted people to see how damaged I was," she told Inside Edition. "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."
According to the CDC, alcohol-impaired driving crashes accounts for nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
As in the case of Guerrero, where the driver was a college student, there are organizations like Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) that help young people. Since 1981, it has been in the forefront of guiding college students through peer-to-peer youth education programs.
There are also companies like Safe Ride Home that will drive you and your car home after a night of drinking.
(H/T: Scary Mommy)