I have known a couple of people who have died from drinking and driving, and I cry everyday due to this, so I know what it feels like. I am sorru for your loss.
my brother was hit by a drunk driver one month ago. he survived now im doing a report in school on dui
My family and I live up the street where this horrible tragedy occured. Everyday, and I mean every day we say a prayer for Rachel and her family as we drive by her memorial. We have two daughters, and I can't even attempt to imagine the pain your entire family goes through. I am glad that justice has finally been served, and you can now rest in peace
This is a very sad story. My boyfriend and I once went to visit a few friends of ours. Basically, my boyfriend was drunk but we didnt think that our friends were that drunk so they said that they would drive us home. I couldn't drive at all so I didn't want to take any risks, and because their home is far up north, there is hardly any taxi or bus service around. i was extremely tired I fell asleep in the car. I woke up to a loud noise and found that we crashed into a pole, causing both my friends to die. My boyfriend and I survived, but both with bad injuries. He had lost his leg and had multiple wounds on his chest and back. I on the other hand lost our baby and encountered several
God is LOVE. Forgiveness the Key.Rachel is forever in God's love
I found out about Rachel story when i was searching the web for more pics and information for a video that i have been working on for the past couple of months and I have been in such, well as you say "writer's block" and reading and look at all these pics of what happen to rachel and her mom made think that i am so bless and that i have life really good and i can now say for sure that by reading what happen to rachel i am not going to take life for granted anymore and to start living life in the moment and everyday my video will get better because of the way rachel story has touch me and everyone who knew her and loved her. Thank you Elliot family for sharing rachel story.
I stumbled across Rachel's story and felt that I needed to write in this guest book. A little over a year ago I was involved in a drunk driving accident. I was put in a bad situation getting in a car with someone I knew was drunk, only to stay with my best friend who I could not, no matter how hard I tried, persuade her to get out of the car. Our car ran a red light causing another car to slam into us. That is the last thing I remember before waking up in the car covered in blood. Every single person involved in our accident suffered severe injuries, however I consider us all very lucky due to the severity of the accident. Although I am not completely innocent in this accident, I feel my story is unique and different and something to be shared. I am not proud of not trying harder to prevent that accident and it is something I live with everyday, but I am trying to focus on the good that came out of it. I am alive for a reason and it is stories like Rachel's that inspire me to use what I have gone through to make a difference. I am only 20 years old and know that I should do everything in my power to use my story as an inspiration and a way to fight so that the incredible statistics of drunk driving accidents and death cease to exist. No one should ever have to go through what I, or Rachel, or the other countless people involved in drunk driving accidents went through. Rachel is at peace now and is looking down on what a wonderful thing you are doing with her story. Thank you for the inspiration.
Elvia Diaz got sentenced to 10yrs in prison, in a way it's justice for Rachel but it doesn't matter either way we don't get Rachel back. But now she can rest in peace and now that the person that took her from us will serve time for what she did. Still love and miss you everyday Rachel! 🙂 But I know you are in a better place watching over all of us!
I just read the new verdict for the person who committed this terrible crime. Rachel's loss has awaken many. I teach Kindergarten and will certainly express to the children how bad it is to drink. I know she is in heaven and that you will always be proud of who she was and what she stood for!
Tomorrow is the day we have all been waiting for, for so long. Justice will finally come. Rachel, I miss you so much! But I know you are in a better place and watching over all of us! I love you 🙂
I am fowarding your message Rachel in my criminal justice class. Hoping I can get our point across to atleast a few more students. In your honor and memory.
first I would like to say that I'm so sorry for your loss. I am a parent a teenager and I wouldn't want to go on living if this kind of atrocity happened. This year I was arrested on my 2nd DWI. I know right about now you may have a lot of resentment for people who have DWI/DUI's, and I can kind of understand that. I have been sober for a year now and I did not realize how bad it is out there because you have people that are getting arrested daily on DWI/DUI. I could have been that young lady that killed someone else's child so very easily, but God spared me. I couldn't imagine what my life would be like if I killed someone and destroyed a family while I was drinking and driving-it's unimaginable. I feel like a better person in a sober state of mind and when I read stories like this I hurt and sometimes cry for the the victims and their family because that is a pain that will NEVER go away and you have to just take it one day at a time and see how you feel each day. Rachel's story as well as other stories only vendicates to me how stupid I was all those years to think that I was ok when I got behind the wheel of the many cars that I've wrecked in the process when I was drinking. I know you may be tired of hearing this, but I'm soooo sorry for your loss and I will keep you all in my prayers. Delaine
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, My son (Nathan Spataro) was killed by a drunk driver in June of 2009 and I know how hard it is to function during a trial. Stay strong and give it to God because I KNOW how mad you have been during the trial...I really think that besides having to bury my son that was the hardest 6 days of my life, just know that your not alone and maybe someday all of our voices will be heard. Prayers and thoughts. Frank
i am here visiting rachels site becuase i constantly think about her and her family. the trial started on her birthday and just ended. i am sad that she is no longer here and my prayer goes to jill erik and steve as the recent news is a tragedy i am here for them anytime day and night if they want me ill be a phone call away
I'm using Rachel's story in a persuasive speech I am giving tomorrow to my fellow college students. Thank you for sharing and I know her story will help me persuade students to make wise decisions.
One cannot understand the pain one feels in losing a child, especially to a drunk driver, who cowardly flees the justice system. I can only regard that your daughter was impressive and left her footprint in many lives.. A belated Birthday to Rachel. and may her brilliant smile rejoice in your heart and memories.
Happy 22nd birthday my dear missed friend. You are forever loved and missed. Your trial started today i am fighting for justice for you.I love you
May this day of Rachel's birth here on Earth be a peace-filled day for all those who knew and loved her. May your hearts be comforted, your tears be dried, and your sorrow stilled as you remember Rachel and her special-ness. We were the richer for having known her, and Heaven is richer in her shining presence there.
Happy Birthday My Sweet Daughter. This is such a significant day Rachel, you came into our lives and changed us forever, and the trial is getting underway. We don't understand the timing, but we receive it as a victory for you.
Happy Birthday Rachel...I woke praying for your family today