REPORT: Jacqui Saburido, who became the face of anti-drunk driving campaigns, dead at age 40 [VIDEOS]
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Jacqui Saburido — a woman who became the haunting, memorable face of several anti-drunk driving campaigns after she suffered life-changing injuries in a 1999 DUI crash in Texas — died Saturday in Guatemala, her family said. She was 40.
Saburido, who reportedly had cancer, moved to Guatemala City several years ago to receive better medical treatment, her cousin Jose Saburido told the Austin American-Statesman.
The article goes on to state the following:
“TABC [Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission] is saddened to learn of the passing of Jacqui Saburido, who used her life-changing injuries to help tell others about the dangers of drunk driving,” the state agency tweeted Monday following news of Saburido’s death.
Saburido became an advocate against drunken driving years after she suffered severe burns all over her body and numerous health issues following the 1999 crash near Austin. Saburido, who was 20 at the time, and three friends were together in a vehicle when Reggie Stephey’s SUV plowed into the car. The vehicle caught fire with Saburido trapped in the front passenger seat. Her body was covered in flames for almost a minute before paramedics were able to extinguish the blaze and pull Saburido out.
Stephey was arrested and charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter stemming from the deaths of two of Saburido’s friends. Stephey was found guilty in 2001 and sentenced to seven years in prison.
CLICK HERE to read more from Fox News. Tributes to Saburido are pouring in on social media:
TABC is saddened to learn of the passing of Jacqui Saburido, who used her life-changing injuries to help tell others about the dangers of drunk driving. To learn more about Jacqui’s story, please visit: https://t.co/AOBZ06wIjc pic.twitter.com/w37Pbe4EzL
— Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (@TexasABC) April 22, 2019
— CBS4Local (@CBS4Local) April 22, 2019
— Austin Statesman (@statesman) April 22, 2019
Sad news: Jacqui Saburido, whose face was used to persuade a generation of Texas high school students not to drink and drive, has died of cancer in Guatemala: https://t.co/kz9nO9j2zz
— Jeremy Schwartz (@JinATX) April 22, 2019
Thank you for your service: Jacqui Saburido was disfigured in a fiery drunk driving crash and spent the rest of her life warning us of drunk drving. Cancer got her at age 40. #CancerSucks https://t.co/ReS5qtkISH
— Fred Cantu (@fredcantu) April 22, 2019
— Joell McNew (@JSM_ATX) April 22, 2019
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Jacqui Saburido. I remember that night and how much the crash impacted all who responded. Jacqui used her life-changing injuries to talk to others about the dangers of drunk driving. #DontDrinkAndDrive https://t.co/zX4zdTqiLv pic.twitter.com/NCLp2hGXLu
— Frank Dixon (@Chief_Dixon2746) April 23, 2019
Jacqui Saburido, who was severely burned in a 1999 drunken driving crash in Lake Travis and became the face of anti-drunken driving campaigns, has died. https://t.co/nCpS8jVEgY
— Spectrum News Austin (@SpecNewsATX) April 23, 2019
— KXXV CenTex News Now (@KXXVNewsNow) April 23, 2019
“Even if it means sitting here in front of a camera with no ears, no nose, no eyebrows, no hair, I’ll do this a thousand times if it will help someone make a wise decision,”
Saburido, who became the face of an anti-drunk driving campaign, has died @CNN https://t.co/dXVqq5TJdm
— Liset (@Krzwyf) April 23, 2019
Rest In Peace Jacqui Saburido and thank you for your service 🙏🏼🕊 https://t.co/ujgHb3Z3T2
— Gina Fraustro (@GinaFraustro) April 23, 2019
Jacqui Saburido, the woman whose disfigured face became a symbol of the dangers of drunk driving after she suffered horrific burns in a 1999 crash, has died, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. https://t.co/GfHur19H3s pic.twitter.com/aS8q48wUdv
— CNN (@CNN) April 23, 2019
— New York Post (@nypost) April 23, 2019
Jacqui Saburido, who became the face of anti-drunk driving campaigns, dead at age 40 https://t.co/10Bo8w6VcZ #FoxNews RIP Jackqui, you certainly suffered long enough….and the the drunk driver, Reggie Stephey, you have not paid the ultimate price……AND 7 YEARS was NOT enough
— nitapowell (@nitacrow) April 23, 2019
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