With the holiday season coming please remember and learn from her! Do not DRINK & DRIVE EVER!

"Not everyone that gets hit by a drunk driver dies".

This is Jacqueline Saburido on September 19, 1999.

This is she and her Father, 1998.

This is she on Vacation in Venezuela


Birthday party as a child.


At a party with friends.


The car in which Jacqueline traveled. She was hit by another car that was driven by a 17-year old male student on his way home after
drinking a couple of hard packs with his friends. This was in December 1999.


After the accident Jacqueline has needed over 40 operations.

Jacqueline was caught in the burning car and

her body was heavily burnt during around 45 seconds.


With her Father, 2000.

Getting treatment.


Three months after accident.


Without a left eyelid Jacquie needs
eye drops to keep her vision.


Now 20 years old, he cannot forgive himself for driving drunk on that night
three years ago.

He's aware of devastating Jacqueline Saburidos life.


Not everyone who gets hit with a car dies. This picture was taken 4 years after the accident and the doctors are still working on Jacqueline, whose body was covered with 60% severe burnings.

Please send this to as many people as you can to make them aware of the consequences of drunk driving.




In our choices lies our greatest power!



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Dec. 1, 2007 at 8:36 PM


 Lots of reasons to make sure you have a safe ride home! Thank You for reading this! I lost a cousin at age 18 yrs old who did die, please FRIENDS DO NOT LET FRIENDS DRINK AND DRIVE...EVER!!!!

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Dec. 1, 2007 at 8:43 PM i saw her on Oprah once, AMAZING WOMAN!  i am not sure i could muster the same courage and strength if i were her.  she's just incredible!!!  Thanks for sharing her story again!  it's a great reminder to all of us to be safe, be smart and be resposible!

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Dec. 1, 2007 at 9:45 PM Yes she has even forgiven the man who did this to her! Now I do not know if I would've wanted to live. But I guess if this were my child I would hope she would've! Scary but so true!

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Dec. 1, 2007 at 9:49 PM

I have seen this too....Im glad you posted it...Everyone needs to SEE and REMEMBER this !!  I lost a loved one to a drunk driver in 2000...He was riding his Harley and it started to rain , To stay safe he pulled over under a bridge ( to keep from getting wet ) and away from traffic and a drunk driver hit him while sitting on his Harley...He died instantly we were told...The drunk hit and run , left his van at the scene of the accident , but removed is plates from the van , returned for the van after sobbering up..

Needless to say he was caught put in prison for 15 years since it was his 8th DUI...However that will NEVER bring my loved one back...

Your are so RIGHT...Friends DO NOT let friends drive drunk...If they do , they damn sure are no friend...

So Glad you posted this girl !!! THANK YOU....

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Dec. 1, 2007 at 10:51 PM

This post put me to tears,  I'm 47 almost 48 years old.  Let me explain.  When I was just 16 years old and driving for less than a year, I was so depressed, I kept driving over this curved bridge on the way home from my boyfriend's parent's home.  Many times I thought I could just drive off and end it now.  Then this pain inside my heart would squeeze me so hard, and I would continue on my way, never to attempt this thought out suicide.  Years later I understood that feeling, I was afraid of living life without the beauty that god gave me.  t would be his decision if I lived or died.  But any consequence would have been my choice.  But God decides if die.

So when I read this post, I cried and I cried, my heart felt that awful feeling I had when driving over that Bridge so long ago, only it was worse much worse!  This lovely woman didn't make any of these choices, not even the one that dished out her consequences for being in the wrong place and the wrong time. 

The young man that was driving drunk, I feel for him cause the pain of being involved in a drunk driving incident and having to pay the consequnces of death, is tramatic, and living the rest of his life knowing that not only did he kill a beautiful woman, that the consequences of having to live the rest of his life knowing that those consequences also forced such a woman into a forever devestating life she must live, be even worse.

It is not right to think you are invincible, God will decide that, how, when, etc.  But if one has the power to let some actions to redirect tthemselfs to the positive of God and he shall be thankful.

Okay that is a lot to absorb, but I signed on about 8:00 pm and this is the only thing I've read and replied to.  

I am deeply sadden and at the same time, very glad that I've learned without a doubt a true lessen here with God's faithful guidance.  It sure struck a very deep part of my heart

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Dec. 2, 2007 at 11:43 AM

This is so heartbreaking for me.  My dad and brother were T-Boned by a drunk 21 year old on his way back from the beach speeding through a completely red light.  They were the second car turning and he slammed into my brother's side and pushed them about 30 feet into a huge concrete pillar.  VERY luckily - my dad only spent 2 weeks in the hospital and my brother only 4 weeks.  The night of the accident the doctors were going to fly my 15 year old brother to St. Petersburg (about 2 hours away) because they did not know if he was even going to make it at our hospital.  Well, everyone prayed and my dad prayed that instead of Danny going through surgery and being airlifted away from his family that he deal with it, that God give him any surgery, any pain, and just take it all away from my brother.  Well, the day after the accident my dad had to have surgery for bleeding in his stomach, and my brother (who had a cracked hip, broken pelvis, shattered pubic bone, and very badly broken arm which they were going to do surgery on) didn't need ANY surgery whatsoever.  He needed help getting in and out of bed and a cast on his arm for about 2 weeks and that was it!  They are both almost back to normal now.

 Now, the guy has had many arrests/tickets before for speeding and we think he has been pulled over for DUI but got out of it somehow - something to do with one of the tickets he has.  Just last month the judge and prosecutor decided to take this from a misdemeanor and open up his blood results (he wouldn't take a breathalyzer) and charged him with several felonies, DUI, DUI with severe bodily injury, DUI with major property damage, driving without a seatbelt (for the 8th time), running a red light (for the 6th time!), and a few others I believe.  I cannot wait for this all to be over and for this "man" to learn his lesson!  The troopers said my dad and brother were very lucky because instead of being in their truck which would have flipper and hurt them a lot worse, they were in a 1969 Firebird which was like a tank (not anymore though!) and the hard metal body definitely saved them.

Thank you so much for posting this and hopefully this holiday season when people are out having a good time they think about what can ruin it and have a designated driver or taxi ready to bring them home (just ask me - I have ALWAYS been the designated driver since I got my license :)

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Dec. 2, 2007 at 1:10 PM How do I get the codes for this so I can pass it along on myspace?

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Dec. 2, 2007 at 7:37 PM Such a heartbreaking story. Thanks for reminding everyone- what an amazing woman...

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Dec. 3, 2007 at 11:27 AM

I see this everytime that I go to the DMV...its so sad...

I hate it when people drive drunk .  I have never even driven with ONE drink in me...Im scared to death.  I think penatlies for driving drunk should be raised...maybe people will stop getting 4-5 tickets before realizing the danger? Does it erally take doing THIS, or killing someone to realize??

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Jan. 24, 2008 at 1:43 PM This is really awful, I really feel for her.  It makes me thankful that I haven't hurt anybody, because I've been that guy, driving drunk.  About 8 months ago, I was at home at my computer, drinking (by myself,) and got to the point I blacked out.  The last thing I remember is sitting at my computer.  The next thing I remember, I was standing naked in the jail intake in front of a whole bunch of police.  I didn't know what had happened, whether I had crashed, hurt somebody or worse, or even where I was when they caught me.  I spent the next 12 hours locked in a cell crying, hoping and wishing that nobody got hurt.  I later found out that I had decided to go to the grocery store apparently, and was driving VERY poorly.  When I stopped in the middle of an intersection at a red light, that's when they pulled me over.  I was driving my new boss' minivan that I was getting insurance on the very next day, and was supposed to be driving back and forth between Anchorage and Whittier to work for him over the summer.  Needless to say, he was not too pleased with me, and I didn't get that job.  I also had to spend a few more days in jail, twice the minimum time because of my excessively high blood alcohol content, and I lost my license for 90 days.  I got about $3000 in fines to pay and have to have SR22 insurance for 3 years.  I was eligible to get my license back 5 months ago, but with only a part time job and many companies not even willing to give me a chance to interview anymore, I haven't been able to pay off but less than half of what I owe, and have had to ride a bicycle to work and back every day in Alaska in the middle of winter, and probably will for quite a while longer as well.  I don't believe in god, but I am very thankful that I didn't hurt somebody and possibly destroy their life, and thankful to the officers that caught me and put me in jail, even though it has made my life very hard and rather depressing.  It was my own fault and I can never let it happen again, because next time I won't be so lucky.  Please learn from other peoples mistakes, you don't have to experience EVERYTHING in life, some things are better off taken from others.

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