Peter, Aaron and Willa Berry were left orphaned after a car crash in 2011 killed their parents, (Robin and Joshua Berry) and also left Peter and Aaron paralyzed from the waist down. The accident was caused by a distracted driver, and all 3 kids testified in court yesterday in favor of a state ban on texting while driving. Next week’s vote towards the bill could make texting and driving a Class C misdemeanor, with fines of $99 for first-time offenses to $200 for repeat violators.
As you may have previously read, the children were taken in by their aunt and uncle Simone and Matt Berry to be raised along with their own children: Noah and Misha. The family’s inspiring story has been supported by tons of celebs, most notable being Houston Texan J.J. Watt– who has become a brother to the kids.
With some brave words from Peter, he asked the panel to close their eyes as he counted, “One, two. In that same amount of time, an irreversible and devastating event changed my life and my family forever,” he said.
Willa, the youngest said, “I miss and think of my parents every single day. I know they are watching and are proud of us for coming here to make sure that no other child goes through this type of tragedy.”
Aaron went on, “I have confidence and faith this bill will pass and become law. How can you look at me, my brother and my sister, my family and all the other victims in this room and not make the right choice?”
According to the Houston Chronicle, the measure (passed by the House in late March) is set for a vote in the Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday.