Hi, I’m Donna Marini

There’s a lot to know about me, but I’ll start with the obvious. I’m in a wheelchair. The night before my 21st birthday I was driving a friend home after shopping at the Winter Haven Mall in Winer Haven, FL. I had never been to her house and was not familiar with the area. It was very rural with no street lights back in the 1980s. The last thing I remember before the accident was putting my car in reverse and backing out of her driveway. I drove to the end of the street, and woke up six weeks later in the hospital after being in a coma, with a broken neck. Let’s just say it wasn’t a 21st birthday to remember. That’s probably a good thing, because I have no recollection anyway.

The area where the accident happened was a 4-way intersection with no stop signs. The road I was driving on had dense brush on both sides and was uphill. It was late at night and I could not even tell I was approaching an intersection. I unknowingly drove into oncoming traffic and was hit broadside. I was ejected from the car and found in a nearby ditch. Many people had complained about the lack of signage at the intersection prior to my accident. It was incredibly generous of the City of Lakeland to come out the next morning and put up the stop signs people had been asking for.

Welcome to my website. I’m glad you’re here. I made my website so you could get to know me and what my life has been like since that fateful day 31 years ago. Please enjoy my stories and photographs and feel free to drop me a note. My email address is donnamarini@yahoo.com. Be patient if I don’t reply right away. I do my best just to get through this crazy life and I’m not real big on “timely.”