Woman hopes to help with suicide prevention after traumatic accident

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee, Florida woman is speaking out after a traumatic accident behind the wheel last week.

Lolani Green and her children were driving home from church last Wednesday, when she accidentally ran over a woman laying in the middle of the road.

An excerpt from a poem written by Lolani Green reads, "But my dear lady, I wish I could tell you to give it one more shot. Get up out of that road. You've got one life and that's all you've got."

She created this open letter after accidentally running over a young woman, who officials say was trying to commit suicide.

Green continues to read, "My heart breaks for you, your family and your friends."

Green filled with emotions, grief and anger.

"To put me in a position where I aided in your suicide, me and my kids, you know, because they felt the bump and my son couldn't sleep that night," said Green.

"I was scared of what was in the road," one of her sons said.

Green repeats, "You were afraid what was in the road?"

Suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in Florida. Green hopes to do her part to change that by learning the signs, being kind and caring.

"To be able to reach out to people, you just don't know what people are going through. You don't know what they're facing, what burden they're carrying," said Green.

Green is hoping no one, no matter the age, has to feel this type of loss.

After Green’s older son said he’s sorry, she asks, "What do you mean?”

Her son replied, "That she didn't get to live a full life..."

"That she didn't get to live a full life? That's true," said Green.

Green prays others in a time of darkness can find a light and that she can help.

If you or anyone you know is struggling and needs help, see additional resources below:

2-1-1 Big Bend
http://www.211bigbend.org/

Crisis Intervention Hotlines

Helpline 211
Dial 211 or
(850) 224-NEED (6333)

Parent Helpline
1-800-FLA-LOVE
1-800-352-5683
Toll-free Statewide

Children's Mental Health & Substance Abuse Helpline
(850) 224-NEED (6333)
1-877-211-7005

Phone Friend - Warmline for Kids
(850) 222-1141
Schools Days 3:00-6:00pm

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