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‘I want my voice heard’ — Woman nearly killed by distracted driver pushes for stricter laws

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LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Kent County woman who was nearly killed in a car crash last fall is sharing her story to join the fight against distracted driving.

The crash happened along Vergennes Street in Lowell Township in October. A 16-year-old who recently got his license crossed the center line while looking at his radio, according to police, and crashed nearly head-on into Sadie Bowers' car.

It took first responders nearly two hours to extricate her, freeing Bowers from her mangled car.

“How could somebody do that much damage to me because they were playing with their radio?" asked Bowers, recalling the horrific event to FOX 17.

“I was not supposed to make it. In the back seat of the car was a body bag and a white sheet, but I made it through that, the extrication, and I made it through the hospital ride," she said.

Sadie said the first thing she remembers after the crash is waking to family surrounding her in the hospital: her legs, left hip and elbow were crushed. Sadie thought she would never walk again. Four months later, Sadie said she stood for the first time.

“It’s not worth it for people to play around on their phones, or play around on a radio," said Bowers.

Bowers said she had no choice to leave the work she loved as a certified nursing assistant, or to give up the freedom of doing everyday things like driving. Now she wonders why many drivers still aren't getting the message.

“It’s ridiculous that so many people drive distracted nowadays, I mean I still see it. We go down the road and I have to take an anxiety pill just to get in the car and go somewhere," she said.

Bowers faces lifelong injuries, and is scheduled for numerous surgeries in the next weeks. As she recovers, Bowers is pushing for harsher distracted driving laws.

“Basically they permanently disabled me. The maximum sentence, if he wasn’t a juvenile, is 93 days in jail," said Bowers.  “I want my voice heard.”

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5 comments

  • Diana Parrigin

    Im sorry this happened to you. I understand how you feel, a drunk driver hit my husband. He was in a coma for 63 days, NOW he has a TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY and lives in an AFC home. That boy got 6 months in jail…..where’s the justice?

  • Asian

    People need to be taught proper driving technics . Made more aware of the fact that they are not the only ones on the road and life isn’t only about them. Your actions affect others. I see people every day who I feel shouldn’t be behind a wheel, not because they are distracted but plain and simply cannot drive worth a damn.

  • Noe Bahdie

    I am so sorry this happened to you. When I saw the headline, I thought for sure it was going to be another texting-while-driving story; so surprised it wasn’t. People need to STOP BEING DISTRACTED and pay attention while behind the wheel!! Wishing you well!

  • Andrew

    While I am 100% for the increase in penalties for distracted driving, as well as for expansion of the laws which define what that entails, there is one thing that needs to be remembered: Distracted driving fatalities were a problem long before cars had radios, long before cellphones, long before the roads were full of billboards and people dressed as the Statue of Liberty fighting for your attention.
    Ultimately, distracted driving is a discipline problem, and until the government allows us to return to being able to instill our youth with true discipline, distracted driving accidents will remain an ever increasing symptom of a society in decay and decline.