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DWI crash survivor returns to talk to local youth

Sarah Panzau Evans presents her “Living Proof” talk Wednesday at the Roswell Job Corps about the dangers of drug use, underage drinking and driving while intoxicated. (Submitted Photo)

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Sarah Panzau Evans returned to southeastern New Mexico this week to share her message about the devastating effects substance use can have on people’s lives.

She was 21 and a student athlete on the night of 2003 when she had a single-vehicle accident after binge drinking that resulted in the loss of her arm and many other injuries. Not only did her life change dramatically, but she has experienced 38 surgeries and more than $1 million in medical costs.

She has said that she came to realize that she was fortunate to have survived and fortunate not to have killed someone else. Now she runs Sarah’s Journey Inc., which works with Anheuser Busch, to travel around the country to tell high school students to avoid drugs, drinking and driving while intoxicated.

Her presentations during the past two weeks have been to local youth with the Roswell Job Corps, New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy, University High School and Early College High School. She also talked at Carlsbad High School and Loving High School. The talks were sponsored by the Chaves County and Eddy County DWI prevention programs.

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