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International symbol of Don’t Drink and Drive campaign, dies

Jacqui Saburido, the international symbol of the Don’t Drink and Drive campaign, has died at the age of 40 after battling cancer.

Saburido had a very difficult life;  at the age of 20 she was involved in a tragic accident in which she lost two of her friends and she was on the verge of dying.

In 1999 she was going home with her friends after a night out when a car driven by a drunk man crashed into them. Two of her friends died on the spot and their vehicle caught fire and was consumed by flames. As a result of the fire, Jacqui sustained 60% burns to her whole body and had to undergo more than 100 operations.

Despite the fact that Jacqui lost her ears, nose, lips and hair, she showed incredible courage and began appearing in public to create awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol.

She had said that she believes she came into the world for a reason and believes that what happened to her happened so that she could educate the public.

The drunk driver who killed Jacqui’s friends and almost obliterated her identity was found guilty of the manslaughter of two people while driving under the influence and was sentenced to seven years in jail.

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