Once Laura became a mother, she says she recognized the deep loss the Douglases must have felt. "Barbara and Jenna had a few very close friends, too, who died in car accidents and one who committed suicide, and we went [to their homes] immediately," she says. "I knew that those parents would have wanted Barbara and Jenna there. ... They still do. They still would want to be with Barbara and Jenna and all their children's other friends because that keeps their own child alive."

Since the accident became public, Laura has received many letters from people in similar accidents. Laura says she has two pieces of advice for those people: Find someone to talk to and realize you'll never forget what happened. "It's with you forever," she says. "I felt guilty for my whole life."


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