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Memorial Day weekend is just days away, meaning the official kickoff to the warm summer months is here. It also means that injury statistic spike a lot during this time of year. (We have created a list of summer safety tips
, please be sure to check it out and share it with family and friends.)
Here is a piece from The Charlotte Observer
about 21-year-old, Lisa Mozingo, who is living with paralysis from the waist down, who reminds us to take two extra seconds to buckle up!
“Because I didn’t reach over and click my seat belt, I’ll be paralyzed for the rest of my life,” she said.
It was a few days after prom in 2009 when Lisa Mozingo, then a senior at Spring Creek High School in Lenoir County, drove onto a gravel country road in the late-evening darkness. Her Jeep Cherokee slid on a turn, and she lost control of the vehicle. She was thrown from the Jeep and injured.
“Just imagine her body hitting the ground at 30 mph,” Gilchrist said.
Mozingo’s father, Phil, said he and his family take solace from knowing it could have been worse.
“We have fitted a pick-up truck so Lisa can drive where she needs to go,” he said. “We’re happy that she survived.”
But his daughter, now a student at Wayne Community College and a state park employee, says her life was changed because she chose not to wear her seat belt that night.
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