Woman Holds Her Lifeless Newborn in Photo That'll Stop You From Driving Drunk

kristian guerreroWe all know that driving under the influence is an incredibly dangerous and awful thing to do, but a recent post by a pregnant woman who lost both her husband and unborn son to a drunk driver is a heartbreaking reminder. Kristian Guerrero and her husband, Fabian Guerrero-Moreno, were driving down a Texas highway when a car crossed the center line and crashed into them. Guerrero-Moreno was killed; Guerrero, who was 19 weeks pregnant at the time, was hospitalized with a brain bleed. Two days later, doctors were forced to induce labor, but little Fabian James did not survive. And now, Guerrero is determined that the deaths of her husband and son won't be in vain.

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Shana Elliott, the 21-year-old driver of the car that caused the fatal crash, is being charged with two counts of intoxicated manslaughter and one charge of intoxication assault with a vehicle for the fatal accident. Elliott was arrested twice earlier this year on felony drug charges. But Guerrero's message for potential drunk drivers like Elliott is surprisingly compassionate. In a Facebook post including photos of the totaled car and Guerrero's battered face after enduring 24 hours of labor, the grieving widow begged intoxicated drivers everywhere to consider the consequences of getting behind the wheel:

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. All because someone thought it was okay to get wasted and drive. 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. 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. 

Wow. The level of tolerance and generosity displayed in Guerrero's message is nothing short of astonishing considering what this woman has been through.

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Guerrero's dreams of raising a family with the man she loved were brutally stolen from her, and still she's concerned with making sure nothing like this ever happens to anyone else. The smile on her face in this photo is just plain devastating:

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What an incredibly strong woman. But no woman (or man, or child) should ever have to be this strong. I can't imagine how Guerrero felt when she was forced to bury her husband and son together in a joint funeral on August 12, or how she'll feel this November on what would have been her first wedding anniversary with Guerrero-Moreno. I can't even imagine how she's going to feel every time she gets in a car. Nothing will ever bring her family back, but so many lives could be saved in the future by heeding Guerrero's warning: 

"Don't drink and drive. Don't risk your freedom. You're putting not only your life in danger but also everyone else on the road."

 

Image via Kristian Guerrero/Facebook

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