Xzavier is paralyzed from the diaphragm down. In the accident, part of his spinal cord was dissipated. His legs are gone, and the use of his right hand is partial. He woke up actually from the coma a lefty and he went in a righty. X is on life support. The ventilator has to breathe for him.
He doesn’t remember the accident as well as both his sister and his mom do. His sister was walking across the street with him on that October day. The driver who hit Xzavier was not only speeding in the school zone but she had also ran the stop sign because she was texting. The lady who hit X was texting. Her head was in her lap. She never even saw X in front of her. She actually came straight through the stop sign, there were no brake marks, no skid marks at all.
The Amish family was on their way at 8:00 in the morning. On the same road a van was driven by a young man from Bluffton, Chandler Gerber. He was on his way to a job and he was traveling about the speed limit. Police determined he was not speeding, just traveling along. He overtook the Amish and basically hit the Amish buggy from behind. As he was driving, Chandler was texting back and forth with his wife. He caused an accident that killed three people.
It was a Sunday night, Debbie had come out of her house to get her mail. By the big pine tree she was struck by a teenager texting and driving. Now she has no life really. Her balance is off, her arms don’t work very well, she’s got double vision, she cannot leave her yard. Debbie’s hospital bills have amounted to over one million dollars. She received just $50,000 from the liability insurance carried by the teenage girl who struck her. The driver was sentenced to 30 days in jail. She also got 5 months of house arrest, 500 hours of community service and that’s about it.
These are some of the stories that Werner Herzog portrayed in this It Can Wait documentary dedicated to horrors and victims of texting and driving.
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