KRISTIAN Guerrero had been married just under a year and was pregnant with her first child, when a car manned by a 21-year-old drunk driver, crossed the centre line of the Texas highway her family was driving down, and crashed into their car.
In an instant the young woman's exciting future was tragically altered. Her husband, Fabian Guerrero-Moreno lost his life in the horror crash, while the mother-to-be was hospitalised with a brain bleed. Kristina was only 19 weeks pregnant at the time of the accident.
Doctors were forced to induce her two days after the crash, but tragically, after a gruelling 24-hour labour, her son, Fabian James couldn't be saved.
The couple had only been married for 11-months and Fabian James was going to be their first, much-wanted child together. In an interview with NBC News, Kristian says the couple were so excited.
"Fabian would just look at me, look at my stomach and smile. All he wanted was a son," she said.
Instead, father and son were laid to rest in a joint funeral. Now the devastated widow is determined that her husband and baby boy's deaths won't be in vain.
In a viral Facebook post, the unbelievably strong mother has shared a photo of herself, battered and bruised by the impact of the crash, yet still smiling, because she was, "finally…able to hold my son."
Shana Elliott who was responsible for the devastating crash has admitted that she had been drinking with friends prior to the accident. She was charged with two counts of intoxicated manslaughter and one charge of intoxication assault with a vehicle.
It's not the first time she has been in trouble with the law, having been previously arrested twice on drug offences. Any jail sentence or fine the irresponsible driver is given is no consolation for Kristian who lost the two most important people in her life.
Her deeply moving, and surprisingly empathetic social media post urges people to think twice before getting behind the wheel after they've had a drink.
"It IS okay to stop a friend from driving, it IS okay to take someone's keys away from them when they're showing signs of being drunk. And it IS okay to pick up the phone and call for a ride if you find yourself feeling a little too tipsy," she writes.
"It's not a sign of weakness. It's a sign of maturity to be honest with yourself and know the consequences of driving drunk outweigh any kind of shame you might feel admitting you're too drunk to drive.
"What's not okay is spending the rest of your life with the guilt of knowing you've taken someone's life and taken someone's life away before they even got a chance to be in this world. It's not worth it."
This article originally appeared on Kidspot and has been republished here with permission.
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