The Power of One

The Power of One

One woman’s journey to honor the life of the woman she killed.

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Who Am I

I am a woman. A daughter. A wife. A mother. A real estate agent. A native Massachusetts resident. And a college graduate. I am also a person facing felony charges for an innocent woman’s death. The last two identifiers were added to my running list on June 28, 2018. 

One Choice. One Drink. One Accident. The One Night that Changed Everything.

June 28, 2018 was a regular day of family and tasks, leading into a regular evening of trivia and drinks until it wasn’t regular because I swerved into the oncoming lane and caused a collision late that night. I have no recollection of the crash. I only remember being pinned by airbags, smelling hot metal and oil, and hearing painful cries. And I remember asking repeatedly, “Are they okay? Are the people in the other car okay?” I spent the following eighteen hours in police custody, eventually learning I was responsible for something I never thought possible: death and harm. 

Where Do I Go from Here

Those are just some of the facts of the night. But there were other factors: I was impaired, distracted, and shouldn’t have been driving. Those are the factors that led to death, lifelong injuries, and felony charges. Those are the factors that took two innocent children’s mother away from them. Those are the factors that put my children in jeopardy of losing their mother. Those are the factors that have committed me to doing work that honors the dead and informs others to not make the same mistakes as me.

Being given a second chance, I desire to be an activist, advocate, and informer. I desire to educate young people, mothers, and others grappling with similar mistakes as mine about the dangers of drinking and driving, distracted driving, and the possible risks of making bad decisions. As I continue to learn from my mistakes, I desire to be a part of the larger community educating others about the resilience of the human spirit and the beauty in our imperfections.

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Recent Blog Posts

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