'A split second and my life was changed'
SIOBHAN O'Brien had it all going for her -- and lost it all in a "split second".
The 23-year-old social worker from Strabannon, Co Louth, was excited about graduating with her masters from college. But her world was turned upside down after a collision with an articulated truck.
Now aged 32, Siobhan has spoken publicly to describe the horrendous impact the crash has had on her life.
Siobhan now has an acquired brain injury and is confined to a wheelchair.
"I don't remember much of what happened, but I do know that my life changed forever," she said. "I was driving, and bang. A split second is all it took. It was like a part of me died. The next day was my graduation. What's most difficult is accepting what happened to me and how my life has changed."
She was speaking at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, for the launch by President McAleese of the Christmas road safety campaign, featuring Siobhan.