3 years ago, single-mom Ali Holden's life was on the move. Her son was preparing for his freshman year of high school as well as playing football and lacrosse. And, pursuing a lifelong dream, Ali was applying to get her PhD in Marine Biology to study sharks. But it all came to a screeching halt on April 27, 2009, when Ali was involved in a 3-car pile-up caused by a distracted driver.
Ali Holden, the subject of our newest Faces of Distracted Driving video, was lucky enough to survive the crash, but she paid a steep price.
"I was instantly in pain, and I instantly had pressure in my head," she says. "And I remember thinking to myself, 'My eyes are going to pop out of my head.'"
The multiple physical injuries were coupled with a devastating brain injury that required years of therapy and changed Ali's life forever. She couldn't smell or taste right; she couldn't make memories; and she often couldn't even recognize her own son.
Just ask Ali Holden.
"I now am not able to get the degree I wanted; I am not able to pursue my PhD. My brain just won't handle the math and the science involved anymore."
But Ali wasn't the only one to pay a price: "My son essentially lost his mom for more than a year. I was immediately unable to parent him. I was unable to enjoy any activities with him. And I'm his only parent."
Distracted Driving is a serious problem with a simple solution. As Ali puts it, "Just remove the temptation altogether." You can learn more about this deadly epidemic on our redesigned distraction.gov site.
If you have a distracted driving experience you'd like to share, post a video on YouTube and email a link to email@example.com.