Picking up the pieces following vehicle accidents

Published: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 18:03 PM.

“I never realized what it would be like to go through this until I had to go through it myself.”

Still healing

Margarida Southard still fights the tears when she thinks about the last three months of her life. She says everything has changed and nothing will be the same.

Still, Southard counts herself lucky. She at least survived the car accident that fatally injured one of her friends and may leave another crippled.

“It’s very depressing,” Southard said, crying. “I have good days and bad days, but it’s always one day at a time.”

On Nov. 4, the 72-year-old woman was in the front passenger seat of a 2004 Nissan Altima headed home to Tallahassee on U.S. Highway 331 when 17-year-old Brittany L. Alford turned into the Nissan’s path.

The driver, 66-year-old Patricia Frohe tried to avoid Alford’s Jeep Liberty but the two vehicles collided. The back seat passenger, 63-year-old Sandra Rico, died two weeks later from her injuries.



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