Making a Difference Award

2009 RECIPIENTS

Sean & Jenny Carter

On March 27, 2005, Sean Carter, a student at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas went drinking with two friends. Unfortunately, he made the decision to become a passenger in a pickup truck driven by one of his friends who was severely intoxicated at the time. A one-vehicle accident occurred in which Sean suffered multiple fractures, internal injuries, but worst of all, a traumatic brain injury which has left him partially paralyzed and unable to speak.

Jenny Carter, Sean's mom, has become his 24-hour, dedicated care taker. On behalf of Sean, she has filed dram shop litigation against two bars in Wichita Falls, in which Sean and his friends were drinking prior to the incident. Unfortunately, neither of those bars has liquor liability insurance. A lawsuit is pending, but it highly unlikely Sean will receive a substantial recovery as a result of this litigation.

Even though Sean Carter suffers cognitive defects, and cannot speak, he was able to return to college to begin work on completion of his bachelor's degree. Sean is taking advantage of his ability to communicate with a computer to tell his story by speaking to groups, primarily high school students and other young people, about the dangers of alcohol and driving drunk.

He has also become an active MADD spokesperson and has assisted MADD with its legislative initiatives and has testified before Texas legislative committees advocating for mandatory liability insurance for  establishment that serve alcohol and in favor of legislative efforts to reduce drunk driving.

    You can follow the Carters by going to www.whenseanspeaks.com.