Betty Gonzales gave me a hug and told me she would fix her best home cooked meal.

It was Friday afternoon, December 7, 2007. She was leaving the Pueblo courthouse with her husband John and son Pete. They had won their jury trial.

On May 5, 2006 at 5:00 p.m., John was hit by a semi. He was driving north from Walsenburg on Interstate 25, in rain and fog. John was taken by ambulance to St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo. He was critical. He was placed in the Intensive Care Unit. His diagnosis was internal bleeding with ten fractured ribs. He survived to live with chronic back and rib pain. He was 71 years old.

When a spouse is hurt in an accident, the other spouse has rights, loss of companionship, loss of the ability to help out, loss of intimacy. That is why Betty was in...

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