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Why We’re Here: Krystal Limones
By MADD | January 8, 2014| 5 Comments | Filed in: Victim Stories

In the early hours of January 1st, after ringing in 2009 with friends, 22-year-old Krystal Limones got in the car with her friend to head home… but her friend who was driving had also been drinking, and Krystal wasn’t wearing her seatbelt.

The drunk driver rammed head-on into a concrete column after running a stop sign. Krystal was thrown from the backseat and crashed into the windshield.  After emergency surgery and two days in the ICU, Krystal was declared brain dead. On January 2nd she was taken off life support and her organs were donated. The driver was charged with intoxicated manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison.

Krystal was known as the “fun friend”—she was always up for anything and was usually happy and giggling. The thing she wanted more than anything was to get married and have a family, but this dream would never come true.

Krystal’s friend Cathy Drew worked with Krystal, and remembers how difficult it was returning to work to see all of the emails about the crash and watch them clean out her friend’s desk.  She began attending MADD’s support group and other events, and found a way to grieve her friend by sharing her story at victim impact panels.

Cathy is now a volunteer victim advocate for MADD in Krystal’s honor. “I promised Krystal the last time I saw her in that ICU room that I would be her voice, and so, when able, I share her story with others,” Cathy said.  “I feel like that is one way of honoring her life.” 

Krystal at a charity event

   

Comments

Submitted by ANGIE at 02:45 AM on May 23, 2014
I AM A KENYAN AND REALLY LOVE THIS SITE SINCE MY SON (ELVIS 7 YEARS)WAS KILLED BY A DRUNK DRIVER 6 MONTHS AGO. IT HAS REALLY CONTRIBUTED TO MY HEALING. I WISH WE HAD SOMETHING SIMILAR HERE IN KENYA. ANY ONE WHO CAN GIVE ME IDEAS? angelinemwangi@gmail.com
Submitted by traplord at 12:24 PM on January 28, 2014
that is not far at all how this sweet lady dies.and i hop the the driver gets what he or she deserves
Submitted by doc at 02:18 PM on January 27, 2014
I am absolutly sure that a pit boss at a local casino drinks 9 to 11 shots of taquila over about 1 too two hours as he finishes playing and drinking he leaves to go too an unknown location in which he is clearly impaired, as he has for the last nine years. I called the N. Las Vegas police Department to report this info and was told they could only act if he is caught driving impaired. The Casino management is fully aware of such behavior and they have it documented video survailence camera for the past 9 years during his 3 to 11pm shift. The other problem is that once the defendant leaves the casino and the police are informed, the individual has left the vacinity impaired. In giving you this info,I must be absolutely clear that all of the information I am providing is only fact with out any assumptions being used. Please respond via my email regarding your position on this matter. ronaldserino@yahoo.com
Submitted by anon at 02:27 AM on January 14, 2014
what was the drivers bac
Submitted by Hermie at 07:42 PM on January 9, 2014
It is a blessing to hear that Cathy was given a second chance of Life. It is good that she is turning something so awful to some thing good. I also last my son in 2004 by a friend also that was to take him home. My son never make it home. That night we last my son + 2 other friend that were also in the car. The driver survived. He got 10 years and was out 2 yrs. ago on probation. To this day we have not heard from him. We do not expect anything from him but just like Cathy is doing her part to tell her story. We know we can not save the world from Drinking and Driving. But even if you get 1 person to listen it is a Life saving and also keeping them from DWI. All we can do also is to release all to God, accept today as a turning point to a new life for all. And always remind us of the adage "it's never too late," to lead in giving and receiving forgiveness.

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