A pedestrian who was struck down by a drunk driver is now teaming up with the man who hit her to teach young people about the dangers of drunk driving.
Tina Adams was just a regular, health-conscious woman jogging around her house in June of 2015. That all changed when she was struck by a car driven by Jordan Taylor, who was driving while intoxicated.
Taylor swerved off the road, bounced over the curb, and hit Adams while she was jogging. She suffered a cracked skull, a fractured spine, and received a traumatic brain injury (also known as a concussion). She also suffers from blood clots which to this day require regular examinations and treatment.
If you ask her, she’s still recovering three and a half years later.
“I’ve undergone 19 surgeries and I live through pain and suffering every single day,” Adams told CTV News. “Not only has he impacted the last three and half years, but the rest of my life.”
Since that fateful day, Adams has become an advocate against drunk driving. She travels to various schools in and around her home in Montreal, Quebec, talking to students about road safety and the dangers of driving intoxicated.
At the time of the accident, Jordan Taylor was 22 years old. His sentencing has only just begun, with the first hearing held on January 9th. At the sentencing hearing, Jordan and Adams spoke for the very first time, and what they discussed shocked both the court and assembled reporters.
After apologizing for all the horrible things that happened after striking her with his car, Adams asked if Taylor would like to accompany her to schools to speak about his experience. Taylor immediately said yes.
“I think it would make a huge impact on students in schools,” Adams said. “When I’m speaking it has a really big impact, and I’m sure with also the guy who did this to me it will have an even bigger impact.”
Of course, Taylor’s school appearances would only happen after his time behind bars. Both the prosecution and defense have put forward a joint recommendation of 8 months considering Taylor’s genuine remorse and actions since the accident.
Taylor’s final sentencing happens later this month.