Angie Tedder, a staunch opponent of Sunday alcohol sales, came to the Urban County Council's work session on Tuesday with a message for council members: Look what your vote did.
Last September — on a Sunday night — the car Tedder was driving was hit by a drunken driver, sending her to the hospital in critical condition.
Police said Kenneth Carter Jr., 47, of Lexington was driving a pickup truck south on Georgetown Road when he crossed the center line, struck one car, then continued in the wrong lane and hit Tedder, 63, of Georgetown. Carter later died of his injuries.
Receipts in Carter's truck showed he had bought alcohol that Sunday, Tedder said.
"A man is dead, and I was severely injured because of your decision," Tedder told council members. She accused the council of approving Sunday sales because "you like the few extra bucks."
Lexington's council approved expanded alcohol sales in 2007. Georgetown followed with similar action a few months later.
Council members did not respond to Tedder during or after her comments.
Afterward, council member Tom Blues said that he felt sorry about Tedder's suffering, but he did not agree the cause was Sunday alcohol sales. "The cause was an irresponsible driver," Blues said.
Blues said his son Jonathan, 20, was killed in 1984 in an accident caused by a drunken driver in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he was a student at Middle Tennessee State University.
"If I thought at the time of the vote that Sunday sales was the cause of such dreadful accidents, I would have voted against it," Blues said.
Tedder did not ask the council to repeal the ordinance. She said she wanted members to see, "Look what your vote did."
The last time she spoke to the council was in 2007, to oppose Sunday alcohol sales.
Two weeks ago, Tedder went to the Georgetown city council to let its members see what she said was "the consequences of their actions."
In the automobile accident, Tedder, a former Fayette County school board member, suffered two broken legs and a broken ankle, which has required three surgeries. Both kneecaps were fractured, and her left arm had multiple breaks.
Tedder has been in a wheelchair, but on Tuesday, she was on a walker, her right foot in a cast. Tedder said that before the accident, she played tennis, skied and golfed. Now she is learning to walk again.
She returns to the doctor Feb. 17 for an update on her prognosis.