Last year, 124 people died in vehicle crashes in Metro Police jurisdiction. One young woman could have shared the same fate after a crash in 2013, but instead, she’s a success story.
A vehicle struck Jamie Farrar in January 2013 as she was crossing the street near Sahara Avenue and Valley View Boulevard.
“It was the most horrific thing I have ever been through in my life,” she said. “Words can’t describe the pain that you went through.”
Suffering from cerebral palsy, Farrar was in her wheelchair. She was also in a crosswalk. The injuries left her with 3rd degree burns covering a fourth of her body.
“They didn’t think I would make it to the hospital,” she said. “I made it. I made it, and I am doing exactly what I wanted to do.”
The 28-year-old is now a student at UNLV with a goal to be a social worker. Her other passion is raising awareness about safety on the roads, especially when it comes to distracted driving.
“For whatever reason, they don’t stop. They don’t look. They don’t look for people like me,” she said.
“It makes me mad. It breaks my heart,” said Jamie’s mother Brenda Farrar.
Brenda says, despite what happened, her daughter never gave up trying to get better.
Jamie and her family are hoping to work with the City of Las Vegas to install more crosswalks and more traffic lights.
“I am so proud of Jamie. We tell her there’s a reason why she’s still here,” Brenda said.
Jamie says she’s not ashamed of the scars on her body. They are reminders of how far she’s come.
“I would say to people don’t give up hope, and anything and everything is possible,” she said.
Jamie credits her uncle, who has a background in medicine, for helping her recover.
In December, Jamie is scheduled to graduate from UNLV with her bachelor’s degree in social work. She says she plans to get her master’s degree, then write a book about her experience.
Her road to recovery is not over. Due to the burns, she has nerve sensitivity that will likely last the rest of her life.
She was also told she would not be able to walk again, but she says this past Christmas, she was able to take a few steps with help from her family.