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The human cost of collisions

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Lizzie Keys, who was disabled in a car crash on her 19th birthday, describes how her life has changed.

One hundred and seven people died on the roads in Northern Ireland last year - seven of them were children.

According to police statistics, there were more than 6,000 road accidents, with nearly 9,500 people injured.

This week on BBC Newsline we have a series of special reports to mark Road Safety Week.

We will be hearing from victims and perpetrators, law breakers and law makers.

Tonight, we speak to two women whose lives have been changed forever by crashes.

Lizzie Keys has used a wheelchair since a road crash on her 19th birthday.

"I was told by a consultant that I had suffered a spinal injury and I would never walk again. That moment was unreal," she said.

Aileen Tester, whose brother, Robert, 20, was knocked down and killed by a drunk driver, tells the programme about her family's heartache.

She describes the "physical pain" of a broken heart.

"For a long time, every time I closed my eyes, all I could see was Robert's broken body," she said. "I don't think I could have had closure if I hadn't seen him."

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Aileen Tester talks about her family's heartbreak after her brother, Robert, was killed by a drunk driver nine years ago.



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