Chicago, IL- The mother of a Chicago woman who was hit by an intoxicated off-duty police officer doesn’t want him to spend time in jail; instead she wants him to get firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to live with a brain injury. Her request is unusual for a victim of a drunk driving accident, but she believes the man responsible for hurting her daughter will learn more by volunteering with TBI victims.
Mother Wants Drunk Driver to Work with Traumatic Brain Injury Patients
“I think a more substantial understanding of what somebody does is to live in their shoes,” Kathy Kean told the Chicago Tribune in a recent interview. Kean has been caring for her 20-year-old daughter who suffered a brain injury in 2015 after she being struck by Erin Mowry, a Chicago police officer who was off-duty when the crash occurred, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Kean’s daughter has just gotten off a bus and was crossing the street around 1:20 a.m. when was hit by Mowry who prosecutors allege was drunk at the time of the crash. The young woman spent months in the hospital and endured months of rehabilitation, WGN reports.
When Mowry appeared in court on November 2, 2017, Kean was there with a proposal for a plea deal. She doesn’t believe jail will effectively teach Mowry the devastation drunk driving can cause, so she suggested the presiding judge require he serve 480 hours of community service helping TBI victims instead of sentencing him to jail.
Mowry pleaded not guilty to drunken driving charges. If he is convicted, he faces anywhere from probation to 12 years in jail and could lose his job with the police department.
It is unclear if Mowry will change his plea.
Car Accidents and Brain Injuries
According to the Center for Disease Control, 2.8 million people suffering from brain injuries visited emergency rooms across the U.S. in 2013. The third leading cause of TBIs is car crashes. Unfortunately, for many TBI victims, their injuries can be devastating resulting in costly medical bills, and extensive rehabilitation. Many victims face a lifetime of disability and lost productivity. They deserve to be compensated for their pain and mental anguish.
A drunken driving accident can crush a person’s dreams and drastically change the course the victim’s life and the lives of their loved ones. If you were hit by a drunk driver and want to recover compensation for your economic and emotional damages, USAttorneys.com recommends you speak with a lawyer and explore your various means of recovering compensation. You can find an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer by using our search tool or by speaking to one of our online operators.