Jury breaks down in tears after girl, who got paralyzed after being hit by a drunk driver, addresses the court.
A letter from a 9-year-old girl to the drunk driver who left her paralyzed, was read in court and left the jury in tears.
Xitclalli “Chilli” Vasquez was paralyzed in the summer of 2011 when a drunk driver, Jeremy Solis, struck the car the little girl was riding in.
Solis was convicted of the drunk driving incident and last week at his sentencing, Xitclalli read a 4-page hand written letter she had wrote to him.
The young Vasquez titled her letter, “From One of Your Victom,” and it explained how on the day of the incident she was on the way to the mall to get her haircut and nails done with her sister.
Not remembering the moment of the crash she writes, “I don’t remember the first several days. I could not talk, so I had to use my thumb to answer yes or no. While I was in UCLA I had very bad moments. They take xrays of me every day. Feed me through by gbutton. I had tubes through my mouth and nose.”
She continues, “There were times that I would cry and cry…in therapy they showed me how to lift myself and dress myself. But right now it’s still very hard. My mom does a lot for me but I try myself. There are days that I cry cause I can’t do what I used to. Well, I could keep going but my hand is getting tired. I would like you to meet me and my family…there are days that are bad because I have a hard time getting around. ”
She concluded the letter by reading, “Look at what I said and the words I said and tell me how I look and feel. How do you feel today? Do you remember July 9th?”
The letter read by Vasquez, reduced many of the jury members as well as others in the court to tears.
Prosecutor Allenna Bangs, said that the 21-year-old Solis was sentenced to 10 years in prison and would be eligible for parole in five years. “There were no restitution charges. It was not a trial, rather it was a plea case and he pleaded [guilty],” said Bangs. Solis pleaded guilty to two counts of intoxication assault.