Mothers Against Drunk Driving is an activist organization whose aim is to reduce the instances of drunk driving to zero. They often work with the victims who have been affected by drunken driving accidents. One event that they hold regularly in varying communities are walks to bring awareness to the issue of driving drunk. Bakersfield Now reports on how a drunk driving accident victim is appearing at a local walk ten months following an accident that left her completely dependent upon her parents for care.
The incident occurred almost 10 months ago, on December 1, 2016. 23-year-old Jourdan Bacot, who worked at her local church, was pulling into the church parking lot. 34-year-old Esteban Guitierrez ran a red light and hit the broadside of Bacot’s vehicle.
Guitierrez ran from the scene but was arrested about a half mile away. Bacot was severely injured and was in a coma shortly after the accident.
Guitierrez later pleaded not guilty to causing serious injury while driving under the influence, hit-and-run, and driving without a valid license.
This past Sunday, Jourdan made an appearance at Bakersfield’s Walk Like MADD fundraiser, helping to raise funds for the organization. Bacot remains badly injured and suffered a traumatic brain injury in the collision.
Bacot received care from two different facilities before moving back in with her parents. She requires 24-hour attention.
The aim for the fundraiser is to hopefully raise money for services that the Bacot’s utilized from MADD following their daughter’s accident so other families have access.
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