“A Drunk Driver Paralyzed my Baby” A Latina Mom’s Tragedy

Hundreds of San Diegans Prepare To Walk Like MADD to Eliminate Drunk Driving

 –Families, Friends and Co-Workers Walk to Save Lives and Serve People on October 8th

 In 2009, 108 San Diegans were killed in alcohol-related crashes and nearly 2,500 were injured. Nationwide, nearly 11,000 lives were lost due to drunk driving and another 400,000 people were injured in alcohol-related crashes.

  • Drunk Driving is America’s most frequently committed violent crime.
  • On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
  • Every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.
  • Teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined


The San Diego Affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) will host its signature Walk Like MADD® 5K fundraising walk in NTC Park, Liberty Station on October 8, 2011. The walk begins at 10:00a.m. .

Funds raised through Walk Like MADD help further MADD’s life-saving mission and the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®, which calls for high-visibility law enforcement, ignition interlocks or “in-car breathalyzers” for all convicted drunk drivers and support for the development of advanced technology to turn cars into the cure for drunk driving.

“We encourage families, and groups of friends and co-workers, to lace up their sneakers and join us for this year’s walk,” said Nina Walker, MADD National Board member and local victim volunteer, “With everyone’s help, we can and will eliminate drunk driving — a 100 percent preventable crime.”

Madd was Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking.  MADD also supports drunk driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every nine minutes at 1-877-MADD-HELP.  Learn more at www.madd.org or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.

“A Drunk Driver Paralyzed my Baby”


There is nothing more painful for a mother than the death of his children and if the loss could’ve been prevented, the pain multiples and the scar might never heal.

This is the story of Lucy Verde from San Diego, California, mother of 18 month old Izaiah Wallis, who the morning of October 18th of 2010 an out of control SUV driven by a 1

7th year old drunk driver jumped a curb and went onto a sidewalk, striking the baby’s jaw

and throwing him from his stroller.

The impact separated Izaiah’s skull from his spine.

A Latina Mom’s Pain



Walk Like MADD Is presented locally by Barona Resort and Casino, registration is $15 for those ages 5-21, and $20 for those who are 21 and over. Corporations and other groups are encouraged to form teams of 10 or more and are asked to raise $100 each through donations.

There are three ways to participate in Walk Like MADD:

1) San Diegans can register to walk as an individual or form a team.

2) If unable to attend, San Diegans can sign up online to raise money as a virtual walker.

3) San Diegans can also make a one-time donation to Walk Like MADD.

Please visit www.walklikemadd.org/sandiego  to register, donate or get more information.


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  1. What a tragic, awful, unimaginable thing. I am glad their are groups like MADD who are raising awareness and money to help stop drunk drivers.

  2. Jamie says:

    This makes me SO ANGRY. What a pointless and avoidable tragedy.

    I HATE drunk drivers. There is no excuse. Anyone who does it is a loser (yes strong words, but that is how I feel…)

  3. Debbie says:

    Tragic. Awful. Poor momma and baby. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  4. vanessa says:

    OMG this is so unthinkable. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Caryn B says:

    I am heartbroken and angry that such an unnecessary tragedy happened to this sweet mother and her baby. I am thankful that you’re raising awareness by sharing her story (as painful as it must have been). : :(

  6. Yolanda says:

    I hate HATE hearing about drunk drivers.

    Thank you for raising awareness and I am saddened and pray for this mother and her lost baby boy.

  7. This is such a heart breaking story. What a powerful message – her little boy is smiling down on her.

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