Northwest side resident Emmy Morales is out to stop drowsy drivers from causing the kind of devastation to others that her family endured three years ago.
Morales’ husband, Joseph, was killed in a March 2009 crash that sent their car off Loop 410 and down an embankment to Quintana Road.
Morales, herself, was not expected to survive.
"All I can remember is rolling over several times. You know, going in between blacking out. Glass was busting everywhere,” Morales said. "I broke both knees, femurs, pelvis, ribs, my elbow, my humerus, shoulder, facial fractures.”
They were rear-ended, Morales said, by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel.
After 18 surgeries so far, she is still not healed. Morales said she will have to undergo at least two more procedures.
There also have been financial costs from the crash -- more than $950,000 -- and the driver who hit them was not insured, she said.
But Morales said what hurts her the most is that she did not get to say goodbye to her husband of 27 years.
"It wasn’t until weeks later that I found out that my husband had passed away,” Morales said. “I wasn't well enough to go to the funeral."
Even with all she has endured, she said she is determined to fight the problem of drowsy driving.
Morales decided to tell her story to highlight National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, Nov. 12-18.
"I definitely want to make a difference. I feel that that was my purpose for being here," she said. "I don't want anyone else to go through what we've gone through."
Morales said eight people in Bexar County were killed last year due to drowsy drivers.
Even one, she said, is too many.