Survivor of devastating accident speaks out against drunk driving

Last June, 20-year-old Tina Adams was out for her daily run when she was struck by an alleged drunk driver.

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She will likely never run again.

Adams suffered a fractured spine, cracked skull, punctured lungs, numerous other broken bones and spent six days in a medically-induced coma. She still needs a hip replacement and a ligament transplant.

"The firefighters that were on the scene, they didn't think I was going to make it at all because of how badly injured I was," Adams told CTV News.

The Quebec native was studying police technology, and hoped to eventually become an officer, but that dream has likely been shattered.

It is the type of tragic incident that happens numerous times a day across the country. Mothers Against Drunk Driving says on average 175 Canadians are injured in impairment-related crashes every day.

So now, Adams is working to help save others from going through the same pain and suffering. The 20-year-old has created a video detailing the months of rehabilitation and physiotherapy needed to get her back on her feet.

She recently showed it to students as part of talk that she gave at John Abbott College in Montreal.

"I saw a lot of people crying in the audience, and even me sometimes I feel like crying, but I went through it," she said.

While Adams may never get to serve as a police officer, she hopes that she can still protect them from the dangers of drunk driving through her advocacy work.

With a report from CTV News' Genevieve Beauchemin


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