Drunk driver crashed into couple's car before wedding. Accident leaves bride a quadriplegic

Cheryl Kahla
Apr 04, 2018
06:04 P.M.
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Life can change in the blink of an eye, and this story proves once more that we shouldn't take it for granted because we don't know what today might bring. 


On February 14, 2016, a young couple survived a terrible accident. Anna Claire and James Waldrop were on their way home from a party when a drunk driver slammed into them. 

As reported by Liftable, the couple recently became engaged. They had been dating since sixth grade, and have shared all the milestones of growing up together. 

James, or Jimbo as he was known to his friends, was flung from the car, but thankfully he only sustained minor injuries. Anna Claire wasn't so lucky. 


The 24-year-old bride-to-be sustained severe injuries, despite being buckled into her seat. Her seatbelt didn't snap, but she suffered a broken neck. 

Their vehicle flipped and rolled several times. Had not been for the safety belt, her injuries might have been fatal. 

As a result of her neck injury, Anna Clair lost the use of her legs and became a quadriplegic. The once vibrant and active woman now had to use a wheelchair. 


However, it didn't change their relationship. Jimbo was there to support her through recovery and visited her at every opportunity he could. 

He helped her plan their wedding from her hospital bed, and also underwent training to become Anna Claire's primary caretaker for when she was released from the hospital. 


With Jimbo's love, and her resolve to the marry the man of her dreams, Anna Claire's mind was made up: she didn't want to postpone the ceremony. 

Instead, she used it as motivation to recover. Their fairytale wedding was beautiful, and everything went off without a hitch, Anna Claire got her dream wedding. 

“When I saw her in the wedding dress, it was a million times more than I expected. I couldn’t believe it. It was such a blessing.”

Jimbo Waldrop, Western Journal, May 25, 2017.