Heavyn Aldava suffered traumatic brain injuries and broken bones, kidney failure and a seizure. She's had a stroke and a heart attack. But all the 8-year-old can think about is kissing Justin Bieber.
"He's really cute!" she said between giggles, and touched the flower placed neatly at the base of the helmet protecting her injured brain.
Brenda Aldava, Heavyn's mother, lightly touched her daughter's arm as she remembered Oct. 7, 2011 -- the day Heavyn lay sleeping in the backseat of her grandfather's Nissan Pathfinder, empty booster seat by her side.
"I had just made it to my hotel in Vegas when I got the phone call from my brother," Brenda, 34, said. "I just stood there and my luggage fell out of my hands and I fell over. ... It was the worst feeling I've ever felt."
Heavyn's grandfather was driving through Pueblo, Colo., during morning rush hour that day when he hit the rumble strips, overcorrected and rolled into the median of Interstate 25. Heavyn was thrown 50 feet from the SUV and her grandfather was killed instantly.
She may not have suffered as many injuries if she would have been restrained in a booster seat. A new Arizona law makes it illegal for caregivers here to make the same mistake that Heavyn's grandfather did. Starting Thursday, it will be illegal for children ages 5 to 7 who are under 4 feet 10 inches tall to ride in a car without a booster seat
This new law that will take effect, will help with future accidents in Arizona. Not only will it prevent major injuries and even worse amongst young children riding in vehicles, but it will also be a way for parents to protect their children even more while on the road. Phoenix car accidents are very common especially with the growth of the state and city, protecting your loved ones even while on the road should always be the main priority when commuting.
Our hearts and prayers go out to those who have been injured or worse in car accidents.