A young mother from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Jessica Lybrand was about to celebrate her 21st birthday. She never spent a single night away from her baby, 16-month-old Elliana, but she wanted to celebrate for one night. Her loving husband, 24-year-old Zachary, agreed to take Elliana to a relative’s house so that Jessica could enjoy her birthday without worrying about her daughter.
Jessica wanted to go and buy her first bottle of liquor. Although she didn’t drink, turning 21 was a special occasion.
“I don’t even drink…but it was my 21st I had to at least try to celebrate it some way. I was just being a good mommy making sure she was somewhere safe while I celebrated,” she wrote.
Soon after the young mom had reached her destination, she started to think about her baby and called her husband to check in. He didn’t answer the phone, and she immediately started to panic. She thought she was probably being overly-anxious, but then her worst fears came true: A drunk driver from Mississippi, 29-year-old Jack Satterfield rammed his truck into the back of the car Zachary was driving, killing him and baby Elliana as well as another young man, 22-year-old Ethan Van Bochoven. All were pronounced dead at the scene and 12 vehicles were involved in the crash in all.
The truck driver told police he had consumed 5 double shot margaritas and 2-3 Corona beers before driving on October 12. He saw the traffic slowing in front of him but was unable to stop. After the accident, he fled to a hotel parking lot where he watched until he was apprehended. Now he faces charges of homicide by vehicle and DUI among other related charges.