Newlyweds and parents-to-be, Fabian Guerrero-Moreno and Kristian Guerrero, were on their way home from the immigration office. Traveling in the opposite direction was a 21-year-old Shana Elliott who had spent the day drinking and tubing down the Guadelupe River. Driving under the influence, Elliott crossed the center line and crashed into the couple’s Toyota Corolla head-on. Fabian and the couple’s unborn child died in the crash.
Elliott admitted to consuming beer and liquor while floating the river at Texas State Tubes prior to the crash, according to an affidavit. She has since been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault.
After being treated at the hospital for her own injuries, Kristian underwent induced labor to deliver her stillborn son. As she plans two funerals, Guerrero says she isn’t mad at the drunk driver. “I am not so much angry as I am disappointed,” she said. “I feel like God gave her so many chances to do the right thing, and my husband and son paid the price for her mistake.” Kristian hopes her loss will spare someone else their own. “I hope this whole tragedy will impact somebody else’s life – that they’ll see what she’s going through or they’ll see my life, and see what I am going through, and avoid drinking and driving,” she says.
There has been no mention whether Ms. Guerro will file a lawsuit, In any event, Lawsuit Financial hopes that something positive will result from this terrible tragedy. We hope that it will serve notice to drivers about the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
This story took me back to May 2005, when drunk driver, Tom Wellinger, plowed into Judith Weinstein’s Honda Accord at 70 mph, killing Judith and her two young sons, Sam and Alex. Wellinger didn’t swerve, hit the brakes, or take any action to avoid the accident. Following that fatal crash, Judith’s husband Gary has said on more than on occasion that he does not hate Mr. Wellinger, but hates what he did. “I am aware he had a life. He had two kids … I do think back to him and his life being virtually over, also,” said Weinstein.
Weinstein has been able to forgive Tom Wellinger, and his hope has always been that his story will help others heal, too. His sole focus has been going forward and making a difference. What I know about Mr. Weinstein, he has. It sounds like Kristian Guerrero wants the same.
Lawsuit Financial extends its profound condolences to Ms. Guerrero. It is our hope that by continuing to blog about the dangers of drunk driving, that someday all motorists will realize that their actions can and do affect others. Don’t make careless decisions. Act responsibly; drive responsibly! And, just maybe, someday we can put an end to these senseless and preventable deaths.
Mark Bello is the CEO and General Counsel of Lawsuit Financial Corporation, a pro-justice lawsuit funding company.
Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series. Mark Bello is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.