Tara Jenkins, Grand Falls-Windsor, and her father are lucky to be alive after a collision on Sat., May 14 that was caused by a woman who admitted to texting while driving.
The crash caused Jenkins and her father to drive their vehicle off of the road rolling multiple times down an embankment before coming to a stop. Paramedics had to use the Jaws of Life to get them out of the vehicle
The paramedic said they had never pulled anybody out of a wreckage like that with no major injuries and who remained so calm, Jenkins told the Advertiser.
“We can only speak for what it felt like from where we were sitting,” she said Tuesday, reflecting on the incident. “We couldn’t see out through the windows. There was a little gap between my dad’s side mirror and the tree we were rested against.
“When I looked down, it was just a drop and all I seen was the water so I can only imagine how it looked from the standpoint on the side of the road,” she said.
Jenkins wrote about the accident in a Facebook post after the fact. The post has received many shares and Jenkins has gotten messages from strangers thanking her for sharing the story and hoping that it will stop someone else from texting and driving.
RCMP are investigating Jenkins said the driver of the other vehicle will be charged but she’s not sure what exactly that charge will be at this point.
“I wish their licence could be taken away from them so they couldn’t sit behind a wheel again, to have that privilege taken from them,” she said. “Someone who is willing to risk their life and someone else’s doesn’t deserve to step foot behind the wheel again.”
Jenkins hoping that since her story has gained so much attention it will convince someone who does text and drive to not reach for that phone when they’re behind the wheel.
“Hopefully you will think about me the next time you go to (text and drive) and not; …hopefully it will grab someone’s attention and make them think twice about what they’re about to do,” said Jenkins.