Texas Girl Writes Letter to Drunk Driver Who Left Her Paralyzed

Paralyzed girl writes letter to drunk driver

Xitclalli Vasquez from Fort Worth, TX, was paralyzed after an automobile collision involving a drunk driver. The accident happened just days before her 8th birthday. The young girl has written a letter to the man who was responsible for the accident. She hopes that her words will affect his life, as he has affected hers.

She says, "I wanted to know what he do [sic] that day." She went on, "Did he remember how it happened?"

"She has a great heart," said her mom. "She wanted to see the turnaround. Is he sorry for what he did?"

On July 9, 2011, Xitclalli, her aunt, sister, and nephew went to North East Mall in Hurst to enjoy a day together and get haircuts. Afterwards, all the girls got manicures. On the way home their car was hit by Jeremy Solis. He slammed into their car at the corner of 28th Street and Sylvania Avenue in Fort Worth.

The police informed the family that Solis was under the influence of alcohol--his alcohol/blood ratio was almost three times the legal limit. Solis' trial was held at the Tarrant County courtroom, where he pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Afterwards, Xitcalli's mother read her daughter's letter aloud to the courtroom. The little girl's words moved many to tears, including Solis.

Xitclalli's letter (.pdf)

Xitclalli's mother says, "It's a challenge to have a daughter with a disability--especially, when a year-and-a-half ago she was walking." She continues, "I think that's what hurts the most."

"I did see him cry several times," Mrs. Vasquez noted. "Honestly, I do feel that he had some remorse."

The young girl declares her dream is, "To walk so I can be a doctor."

Now, the family wants to focus their energy on helping Xitclalli get better. She has many years of therapy ahead, but her mother says, "She's so strong, and she hasn't given up," adding, "I have hope, and believe she will walk again."


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