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Local survivor of DUI crash speaks out ahead of "Walk like MADD" event

Local mother, Alicia Smith, described the terrifying moments before her life changed forever.
Posted: 7:05 PM, Sep 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-25 22:05:16-04

BAKERSFIELD, CA. — Local mother, Alicia Smith, described the terrifying moments before her life changed forever.

"I remember opening my eyes and our car was spinning and I thought I was going to die, this is it. My kids are going to be without parents and my husband and I are going to die," said Smith.

A drunk driver ran a red light in northwest Bakersfield, then slammed into Smith and her husband's car back on July, 4, 2014.

"It actually took about forty-five minutes to get me out because the car was so smashed and I was boxed in," said Smith.

Now, five years later, Smith said a lot of the emotional pain has healed. But her push for change in Kern County -- is just getting started.

Smith takes part in the annual "Walk like MADD" event in Bakersfield. The event supports Mother's Against Drunk Driving Kern County.

This year's walk takes place Saturday, September 28 .

The mission of the walk is to bring awareness and to raise money for MADD Kern County.

Smith hopes her experience prevents future tragedies.

"I live in the pain, I live with the metal in my hip forever, I live with fear that I am going to re-injure myself. It's not just a moment, it is forever," said Smith.