The next time you get into your car, think of Lindsay Sapp. The 18-year-old high school junior died on May 10, 2021, two days after she was involved in a four-vehicle crash on State Road 70 in Lake Placid. She was killed due to the negligence of a drunk driver.
“It all comes down to choices,” her mother, Paula Sapp, said. “It takes a split second to change your whole life.” As Paula enters the second holiday season without the light of her life, she finds comfort in knowing there’s a 40-year-old woman in New York whose new heart – and new lease on life – is because of her daughter. There are 40 other people whose lives were either saved or impacted by Lindsay’s organ donations.
Paula said her focus now is speaking at schools, clubs and organizations across the state about the importance of not drinking and driving. She recently spoke to 700 students at Lake Placid High School before homecoming celebrations. She said several students wept as she recounted details of the night of the crash that also killed two of Lindsay’s friends. When she spoke at a Driver’s Education class this summer, standing alongside her was the medic who flew with Lindsay from the crash scene to Tampa General Hospital, where she later died.
“When I spoke at Lindsay’s funeral, I told the parents there that if this happens to you, I won’t be able to say anything to make you feel better, so I’m telling you now to get a handle on your kids; give them consequences because any consequence is better than you burying them,” she said.
Paula’s wish for everyone this holiday season is that they make a choice to put away their keys before picking up a drink. Think of Lindsay.
Firm shareholder Joseph B. Landy represented the Sapp family in this case and won a significant settlement. If you or someone you know is seriously injured in a crash involving an impaired driver, the attorneys at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC are here to fight for the compensation you deserve.