It was just after 9 p.m on January 12, when Stacey Cowick got a call from her teenage daughter that will haunt her forever.
“Grandma is bleeding everywhere, grandma is passed out, we were in a bad car accident mom hurry hurry,” said Stacey of the call.
Tempe police say Ricardo Nordberg was under the influence when he ran a red light and collided with a blue Honda Fit, carrying Joan Scott and her three grandkids.
14-year-old Karla Rico was sitting in the passenger seat, with her two little brothers in the back. “I could kind of see the lights and airbags, and a bunch of lights around me.”
Rico was able to reach into her grandmother’s purse and grab her cell phone.
“I was scared I was going to lose one of them, and that was my worst fear,” said Rico.
Joan Scott suffered a broken back and bleeding on the brain. The five-year-old broke both of his legs, and was in the hospital for days.
“I would never ever wish that on anyone,” said Stacey Cowick.
Ricardo Nordberg was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of endangerment. Tempe police tell ABC15 the DUI charge is included in the aggravated assault charge.
ABC15 checked Nordberg’s record and discovered he served time for DUI and Causing Bodily Injury back in 2009.
Now, the family is determined to use their struggles to teach others not to drink and drive.
“Be careful out there,” Stacey cried. “Because before, I thought this man ruined my family, but you know what? He didn’t ruin my family, because they’re all still here, but he badly damaged my family.”