Toddler Struck by a Drunk Driver Able to Go Home

PHOTO BY CHARLIE NEUMAN

Izaiah Wallis, a two-year-old boy who was struck by a drunk driver on October 18th, 2010 while on a walk with his grandfather, has finally gone home from the hospital. Izaiah went through seven surgeries during his seven-month stay. He can no longer talk or walk, is blind and brain-damaged and paralyzed from the chest down.

Izaiah’s story has resonated in the community, drawing support from all corners. Envelopes with money have arrived in the mail, dinners have been provided for free and a local credit union has given the family a much-needed car.

“Izaiah has become everyone’s baby,” said Linda Schwartz-Van Kessler, a family friend and cofounder of the Passion 4 K.I.D.S. charity. The group aims to raise $350,000 for a home that will better accommodate Izaiah’s medical needs and equipment.

The Vista rental house, which the family shares with Wallis’ mom and brothers, cannot be modified other than a few minor changes such as the installation of new electrical outlets. Izaiah needs a bathroom big enough for his wheelchair, his own sterile bathtub, airtight windows and a therapy room, Schwartz-Van Kessler said. –Source

You can find more information about Izaiah and his family on Izaiahwallis.com and Passion 4 Kids. We wish Izaiah and his family well during this difficult time.

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, California had almost 1,500 traffic fatalities and over 30,000 injuries related to alcohol in 2007. Fatalities caused by drunk driving accounted for 37% of all traffic fatalities. The state is ranked 22nd in road safety by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.