4-Year-Old Paralyzed in Fatal Crash
On Sunday, May 3, 2015, a fatal car crash in Phoenix, Arizona left a 4-year-old girl in critical condition while both her parents were pronounced dead. A young man, aged 28, was charged with aggravated assault and homicide in this tragic event. Police have not released the name of the man responsible, but his alcohol level was more than 3 times the legal limit of 0.8.
The man, going southbound, drove his car across the center line of the road and crashed head-on with the car going northbound on 67th Avenue containing the young girl, both of her parents, and her dog Foxy.
The girl, Esperanza Blanco, has been left paralyzed from the accident and suffers from lung problems caused by the harmful behavior of a drunk driver. Crystal McDonald and Isaiah Blanco, however, died instantly when the collision occurred. Their daughter has learned how to cope with the incident, and she speaks of nothing but forgiveness towards the man that took her parents away.
Esperanza remembers seeing the car coming, and her mother yelling “I love you!”
Then, she says, her mother kept ignoring her as she was telling her to help her father. She also remembers them laying on the street, and rain pouring from the sky.
Even with the loss of her parents, Esperanza begged to talk at the drunk driver’s sentencing. She told the judge she missed her mommy and daddy, but that she forgave the man that caused the crash because it was an accident.
Her grandmother, Yolanda Blanco, says Esperanza told her that sadness and anger is okay, but to learn how to forgive.
Esperanza is a picture of hope and love as she continues to grow and not let the tragic events of May 3rd take away from any facet of her life.