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Crash Survivor Represents the US at the Paralympic Games in London
By MADD | September 13, 2012| 4 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving

In 1999, 22-year-old Kari Miller, a member of the US military, was celebrating the news that she was eligible to enroll in officer candidate school with friends, when a drunk driver hit the car she was a passenger in at 80 mph.  Kari awoke to find herself pinned inside the car with her legs crushed between the passenger-side dashboard and a telephone pole. Drifting in and out of consciousness, Paramedics worked to extract her from the car.   Kari remembers telling them, "You can cut my legs off, I'll forgive you, just get me out of here."

When she awoke in the hospital, she motioned for something to write one.  She wrote:  "I know I don't have my legs.  Don't be sad. I'll be OK.”
After she was released from the hospital Kari used a wheelchair while a prosthetics team worked to build her legs.  A friend of her family suggested that Kari try wheelchair basketball.  Kari learned a new way to continue to play her favorite sport.  She decided to try out for the U.S. Paralympic team, but with the frame of a 5’4” women, she struggled against the much taller women, and didn’t make the team.

Kari was devastated and planned to give up on athletics altogether until a friend suggested she try sitting volleyball, a sport she had never played.  Her first attempt at making the US Paralympic team she didn’t make it, but after years of hard work, she made the team and went on to win a silver medal in the 2008 Paralympics.  Kari recently represented Team USA in the 2012 Paralympic games, where they won the silver medal.  Learn more about the USA Sitting Volleyball Team.

Kari also works with the Paralympic Military Program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where, among other things, she teaches wounded soldiers how to use sports in their recovery.

Read more of Keri’s story.

Kari is such an inspiration to so many injured victims and we are honored to have her as part of her MADD family.  MADD would like to congratulate Kari and Team USA for their success at the 2012 Paralympic games.


   

Comments

Submitted by city girl at 12:34 PM on October 3, 2012
The Bibb County Sheriff's captain who allowed Superior Court Judge Howard Simms to drive home after a DUI stop "used poor judgment," according to a Monday news release. Simms was stopped on Lamar Road on September 22 and given a breathalyzer that registered a .083, according to the release. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08. He was allowed to drive home with a sheriff's captain following him, which "did not follow proper procedures," according to a news release. Though the breathalyzer was performed, officials say other roadside tests were not. Bibb Sheriff Jerry Modena met with internal affairs investigators Monday afternoon about the incident involving Simms but will not decide on any disciplinary actions until the investigation is complete. The release says an officer from an outside agency stopped Simms and noticed an odor of alcohol coming from inside his vehicle. He directed a Bibb Sheriff's deputy to check Simms for possible impairment. Last week Simms released a statement admitting he was stopped by deputies and that he drove himself home after the sobriety test. He said, in his statement, he would be seeking help at a treatment facility.
Submitted by kayla at 09:11 AM on September 25, 2012
that is a sad story why was the driver going 80 mph?
Submitted by Adelle at 08:23 PM on September 24, 2012
Hello: I am new here, but I've been suffering with guilt, not because I caused any victim any harm, but because in the 1980's I did absolutely everything I could think of to keep my drunk father off the road. I first tried having him live with me but he ran away because I cannot live with a drinker. I feel sorry for the fact that he lived alone for so long, but he caused at least three fender benders, and one major accident while driving drunk. He pulled out in front of an 18 wheeler, and he had major injuries, but I felt sorry for the 18 wheel driver who was traumatized by the accent. The driver was young. My dad finally died alone at age 79. I would appreciate hearing from people who can convince me I did the right thing. The sheriff in his small town would not take my dad's license, because they were old friends.
Submitted by i at 08:00 PM on September 19, 2012
i am doing a report and i like this one

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