Tina Adams will never realize her dream of becoming a police officer, and she might never be able to have children. Such are the consequences of the moment a drunk driver swerved off a road and struck the Quebec jogger in June 2015. Adams, now 24, suffered a traumatic brain injury, a cracked skull, a blood clot in the head, a fractured spine, broken ribs, punctured lungs, internal bleeding, and burns from electrical wires that fell on her when the driver further crashed into a utility pole, per the CBC. Nearly four years later, Adams faced 26-year-old Jordan Taylor for the first time at a Wednesday sentencing hearing. "Not only has he impacted the last three and [a] half years, but the rest of my life," she said, per CTV News. She then stunned the court and her own father by asking Taylor to join her in speaking about impaired driving at schools across Canada.
Taylor, who pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing bodily harm, immediately jumped at the chance. He'd followed Adams' initial victim impact statement with a moving apology, saying he was still haunted by what had happened. "I made a big mistake to drive my car that day, and I'll never forget how much this hurt you," he said. An advocate for road safety when she's not attending John Abbott College or practicing CrossFit, Adams believes Taylor's presence at schools "would make a huge impact on students," though she admits to keeping the idea a secret until Wednesday. Taylor is expected to join Adams' tour after serving time behind bars. Prosecutors and defense attorneys have jointly requested an eight-month sentence be delivered at a new hearing on Jan. 29. (In another kind act, Canadian air traffic controllers have been gifting pizza.)