A Texas woman was driving in her car with her nieces when she was hit by a drunk driver last year. The brave little girl, 9 was paralyzed from the waist down in the accident.
Little Xitclalli “Chilli” Vasquez had written a letter to the drunk driver, Jeremy Solis. Last week, at Solis’ sentencing hearing her letter was read aloud for the jury. As the amazing letter was read there wasn’t a dry eye in the courtroom.
Her letter read: “From one of your victim’s…Hi Jeremy my name is Xitchille Vasquez But They call me chilli and I am 9 year old a 4th grader so I was diagnosed as a paraplegic. My Tia Maria pick me up and my sister, Giselle. She take us to northeast mall to get my haircut and my nails down.”
“I was excited to show my family my nails and haircut. 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 ICU I had very bad moments. They take me to xrays, every day, feed me through my gbutton, I had tubes through my mouth and nose. In ICU I meet three special people. 1# Nathanil, he would do my breathing treatment. 2# Shay was my music therapist. 3# Angie was my child life therapist.”
“Another thing I remember in ICU is having a lot of visitor. They would bring me gifts and other would pray for me. Also my pastor Victor would come and pray for me.”
#Then I was moved to TCU which means that I was doing better and I would learn more about what happen to me. In TCU I meet a lot of friends and nurses. But it was very hard because I had to do things on my own.”
“In the morning sugar mama would take me to breakfast. Then I would go to my room for a while. Then I would have school which is my favorite of all.”
“Then I would go to therapy. There were times that I would cry and cry. I would understand that the nurses wanted the best for me but it really hurt when I couldn’t do it.”
“In therapy they showed me how to lift myself and dress myself. But right know its still very hard. My mom does a lot for me but I try myself.”
“There are days that I cry because I can’t do what I used to do. Well I could keep going but my hand is getting tired. I would like for you to meet me and my family.”
“I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers, mom and dad. We have lots of fun and there are days that are bad because I have hard time getting around.”
“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”[sic]
See the letter for yourself HERE.
On July 9, 2011, Jeremy Solis was drunk and driving a stolen car. He hit “Chilli’s” aunt’s car while they were going to the mall. “Chilli’s” aunt had her neck fractured as well as a broken leg.
When Solis’ blood alcohol level was checked his level was 0.23 which in Texas is almost three times the legal limit.
Addressing the powerful moment in the courtroom, Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Allenna Bangs stated, “Everybody from the judge, the baliffs, I think even the defendant was crying at some point. You could really feel the impact of how much this hurt this family.”
The beautiful little girl spoke with ABC News that, “I hope Jeremy would respond to my letter. It will make me happy if he says he is sorry.”
Solis pleaded guilty and was sentenced to ten years.
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