Woman Puts Feet On The Dashboard And Takes A Nap And Now Will Never Be The Same

One girl hopes sharing her story on one life-altering mistake will prevent others from making the same mistake.

It was 5 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2010, when 22-year-old Bethany Benson made a grave mistake while driving back home from her aunt’s house that alerted her life forever. With her boyfriend behind the wheel, Bethany decided to stretch out as much as her mother’s 2002 Sunfire allowed.

She pushed her seat back and popped her feet up on the dashboard. Soon after, she fell asleep.

For Bethany, what happened next during the car ride is a memory she does not have. Medical experts assume a combination of her sleeping and the trauma she endured caused her brain to block this memory. Through the accounts of other individuals at the scene, Bethany does know what happened.
Ahead of her and her boyfriend, a small vehicle collided with a motorcycle. The motorcyclist died and the accident proceeded to cause a chain effect. First, a transport truck slammed on the brakes to avoid the collision site. Bethany’s boyfriend attempted to slam on his brakes to avoid the truck but was unsuccessful.

Looking back at the photos of the 2002 Sunfire, most find it surprising either Bethany or her boyfriend survived the accident.

For her boyfriend, doctors gave him 100 stitches. For Bethany, that one decision to put her feet on the dashboard before nodding off would change her life forever.
Airbags deploy and inflate at a speed of nearly 200 mph, which is a little faster than most cars travel during a Formula One race. The deployed airbag struck Bethany’s hamstrings, forcing her knees into her face.

The collision left her with a broken left eye socket, a broken cheekbone, a broken nose, a dislocated jaw, a tooth slicing through her lips, and the need to remove her spleen.

As for her feet, the crash left them broken and compressed. In time, Bethany’s feet ended up close to two sizes smaller than they were before the accident. The crash left her left pupil dilated, permanently impacting her vision. Her hearing was also damaged. Arguably the most serious injury of all was an injury doctors told her mother not to worry about at the time of the accident – her brain bleed.

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