losing JESSICA

by Mary Durand
(Junction City, Or)

Jessica

Jessica

June 10,2006 at 3am we got a call from my son
that my granddaughter was being rushed to the hospital
after being in a car accident.we arrived and were ushered
into the family room and informed that JESSICA had severe
head injuries caused by being ejected out the truck she
was riding in,all we could do was to hope and pray and
bargain with GOD to let her survive.Her friend was injured
but would be ok.It was a long and heartbreaking week,with
hopes being raised only to be dashed.we prayed that we
would accept anything but please don't let her die.Her
body could not accept the brain swelling and she was
pronounced brain dead on June 17th.This was it our prayers
unanswered we had to say our final goodbyes to our
beautiful 14 year old granddaughter,daughter,niece,cousin
sister and great granddaughter,so many there that loved
her,so hard to let her go,so much PAIN.
What makes the story tragic is that as a 14 year old
she got into that truck with 3 others that night,one
of them a 19 year old very DRUNKEN DRIVER that was
not only DRUNK but drove at 80mph and more and drove
very reckless trying to impress the young girls in
his truck.we learned that JESSICA and the other girl
were CRYING and wanted out,he did not listen and did
not care,the truck hit a ditch,rolled and JESSICA
went out the window after pushing her friend to the
floor.and the nightmare began.The driver..not hurt of
course.It took a long month to have him arrested and
charged,the weekend of JESSICA'S FUNERAL HE WAS AT A
BEER KEGGER AT THE LAKE THATS HOW MUCH HE CARED.
HE WAS FOUND GUILTY 6-8 YEARS.WE WERE SENTENCED TO
LIFE.A LIFETIME WITHOUT JESSICA,LIFE GOES ON AROUND
US BUT EVERYTHING IS A REMINDER,HOLIDAYS ARE HELL,HER
16TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED AT A CEMETERY.THE PAIN ON MY
SONS FACE EVERY DAY.HER FACE AND MEMORIES THE FIRST
THING IN THE MORNING AND LASTING TOO LONG INTO THE
NIGHT.IT CHANGES YOUR WHOLE FAMILY YOUR WHOLE LIFE.
JESSICA MADE A BAD DECISION,WITH A 14 YEAR OLD MIND,
HE MADE A CRIMINAL DECISION WITH A 19 YEAR OLD DRUNKEN
MIND.I CANNOT FORGIVE HIM OR HIS COLD UNFEELING FAMILY
I CAN ONLY HOPE OTHER YOUNG KIDS READ AND LEARN FROM
THIS STORY.
JESSICA'S FOREVER LOVING GRANDMOTHER
MARY


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