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I Killed My Best Friend Drunk Driving: Jessica Rasdall's Story

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Florida college student Jessica Rasdall made a horrible decision seven years ago. After a night of partying and heavy drinking, she got behind the wheel of her car to drive herself and her best friend home. That decision cost Jessica four years in prison, and her best friend's life. Today, Jessica is still haunted by what she says was the biggest mistake of her life.
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debbie Craig (2 days ago)
This is happening right today in Houston . No cops on the freeway anymore or the streets maybe they are buying donuts while people are loosing their lives
yobro manson (17 days ago)
What a shat of a whale, looks as if she's describing a wonderful past time she used to have with her grandchildren and for what? It's because she knows she will never be in front of as big an audience with as many of people on the huge team and the hours they spent for makeup before this scene. She's like on the bare edge of her seat trying not to move too much cause she's gonna ceram wrap it for later and conserve it as long as possible to impress her fellow belugas and blue's and humpbacks and sperms.
Barcode III (1 month ago)
Sry but why isn't she in jail?
Jus- Sayin (1 month ago)
This girl seems to lack true feelings. She don't seem remorseful. She needs to be in jail
Attention whore is ecstatic she's on the show.
Unknown Person (2 months ago)
How long/short was her prison sentence? She does not act like someone who ever served any time.
ian belardine (3 months ago)
this drunken bitch deserved 25 years in prision not 4. what happens when she reslaspes and kills again
1999 (2 months ago)
ian belardine Relapse? Are you retarded? There’s no relapse for DUI. She’s not a fucking alcoholic.
Andrew Lin (3 months ago)
You drink you drive you lose.
Coley 1212 (3 months ago)
People who excuse this by saying it was “a mistake “ are encouraging this self entitled dangerous behaviour. She got into a two thousand pound missile , blind drunk and didn’t give a shit! And no, I have never made this kind of “mistake” because I’m not a selfish prick
john carter (3 months ago)
You dumb ass girl... just because you got a pretty face.. doesn't give you a free card for murdering that beautiful young innocent girl you should go to prison accept your punishment.. and you will have to pay one way or the other either by law or by God and mostly by God. Trust me you will pay and it don't matter what you do you will pay and you will have to answer for what you've done just the same as me if I've done something wrong I would have to pay and I would accept it so you should.. may God have mercy on your soul......
Sara Rahman (4 months ago)
Duping delight much. Smile on sweetheart....poor you learning to walk. Only thing to focus on. Now you're a star on tv. Keep smiling.
Marisa Medeiros Ramos (4 months ago)
Why is she not in jail?
Mama Llama (4 months ago)
Horrible girl.
Andreya Wryght (5 months ago)
Personaly i would not get into a car with someone drunk behind the wheel... Wtf why would you?? This girl fucked up, she's been to jail and now will serve a life sentence in knowing she killed her best friend... RIP Laura
jay garce (6 months ago)
I don't get it. What's your point? What is your message? I ask because I sure don't need any lecture or advice from someone like you. To many people like you go on the lecture circuit trying to put a message out. It doesn't work. Only an idiot would think about taking the advice from another idiot. I don't drink and drive. Never have and never will. Did anyone force your friend to get in the car with you? NO. Idiot.. You are both guilty . I proved my point.
Jordant Bryant (6 months ago)
People make mistakes. People die every day. You cant go back. Just keep moving .
willieboy3011 Jonas (6 months ago)
Bad situation. No winners. But at least she has been punished, and she takes responsibility at a time when so many do not. I also see no advantage in her disappearing, but telling her story might help influence someone from making the same mistake. I sure hope so. Also no one can know what it is like to have lost a loved one this way unless they have had it happen to them. Absolutely terrible.
LoafOvBread Gaming (6 months ago)
You killed your best friend. In a way you ARE a murderer and should be In prison.
LoafOvBread Gaming (6 months ago)
I hope you can't sleep at night. I hope you think of this every single night you dumb bitch
charlieshandie (6 months ago)
I do wonder though. If it was some average middle aged guy, and not a some pretty, nicely spoken, sweet young girl, how different everything we would be
Efrain Velazquez (6 months ago)
Why is she out
andrea22213 (6 months ago)
Rather than enjoying notoriety on chat shows has this narcissistic object considered topping herself? It would be just.
Happy Horse (6 months ago)
So feeling sorry for yourself. You are a pathetic waste of space. It should have been you that died instead of your friend
terry ryan (7 months ago)
she seems to be handling it ok
afvro75 (7 months ago)
When you choose to drink and end up driving you are at fault for everything that would happen. Own it and pay the consequences.
bella blackrose (7 months ago)
she should be in jail
Sophia Marie (8 months ago)
Why was this drunk given a platform?
POWER (8 months ago)
She is so fake
Adrian Garcia (8 months ago)
Why tf is she grinning?
Jj Mench (8 months ago)
White people get away with so much more.
Elizabeth Lambert (8 months ago)
I hear a bunch about her pain...um you killed her...her family is broken And ur bitching about what YOU went through?!? You are a murderer
Big Picture Thinking (9 months ago)
Bad times were had by all who attended. 1/10, wouldn’t ride this ride again.
Kodah And Family (9 months ago)
Why is she even talking to Katie!?!?! Sooo stupid for driving drunk! You need psychological help
Heather MJ Farrell (11 months ago)
texting while driving can do the same thing
Jesus (11 months ago)
4 years? She should be fucking dead right now.
Butts (11 months ago)
george vaughn (11 months ago)
I say if you take a life, you should forfeit yours. You dumb bitch!
steve b (1 year ago)
STOP turning these KILLERS into celebrities!!!!!!!
Courtney Wilbrandt (1 year ago)
Bitch what’s funny
Wendytime 141 (1 year ago)
No shit you're never going to talk to her again...
steve b (1 year ago)
You're STILL the MURDERER, you little SHIT!!!
lexi lee (1 year ago)
They were both drunk they BOTH decided to get in that car she isn’t to blame anymore than Laura is I’m sorry I have to say it like it is they tell u to not get in the car with somebody intoxicated, now they were both drunk they both weren’t thinking right it’s sad it truly is but she has to live with it I think that punishment is harsh enough and to Laura’s family take a minute switch the shoes ur wearing think of it the other way around as if Laura kills her bestfriend because she decided to drive just like Jessica did would you want Laura forgiven by Jessica’s parents? Honestly what would Laura want? Because if it was me and my beat-friend honestly I would want my beat-friend forgiven and to live her life🤷🏻‍♀️ y’all don’t know how much she has to live with it, not for the next 5 year or 10 year or 30 years but for the rest of her life so to you people think about it and put her shoes on🤷🏻‍♀️ I’m not saying what she did is right and I understand her getting 4 years but to bash her? Remember god don’t like unforgiving ugly people and just because god sits high doesn’t mean he don’t look low.
mj wakanda (1 year ago)
She should have been sentenced to life in prison
Curt Christensen (1 year ago)
send her to Singapore for a caning. a hundred lashes
Lola Marie (1 year ago)
So she could grab her dead friends hand but had to learn how to use them again?
Tammy Johnson (1 year ago)
I can remember being young and dumb also, I never ever had a drunk friend force me to ride with them ! Sadly enough there are more people who choose to ride with their best friend ,cause you are equally drunk. Think about your best friend and know that if this accident would have taken you or your friends life depending on who's driving "NO ONE EVER WANTS TO KILL THEIR BEST FRIEND A BAD DECISION BOTH OF THEM CHOSE" so sad I hope she can find peace ,prayers for her and her lost friends family.......
Kamilla Iqbal (1 year ago)
I still wish her the best.....
Toby Doo (1 year ago)
She should be on death row.
Say What? (1 year ago)
Why is she smiling when she killed her best friend? The woman belongs in jail for a very long time.
N Petkar (1 year ago)
Behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated, is as good as firing a gun. The car is a one tonne projectile with lethal consequences. Any person caught while intoxited under the inflence should get LIFE imprisonment or the LETHAL INJECTION. PLEASE don't give the crap about human rights. You should have thought of that before you got behind the wheel and destroyed or killed another humanbeing
Lea Tucker (1 year ago)
When you're going to choose an alcoholic drink it is best to leave the car at home.
Sarah saebz (1 year ago)
u murdered her and want to cry "poor me"
Mr. Booch (1 year ago)
How in the world is this idiot not in a jail cell?
james c (1 year ago)
If only medical marijuana had been legalized she never would have had the choice of not getting drunk.
Hannah Baker (1 year ago)
I hate to break it to you guys but she's not the only person to blame her friend shouldn't of got in the car because they all already knew she was drunk so it's just as much their fault it's hers
Cj M (1 year ago)
Not sure about this stores but if you had or dd had more than one think twice. 125 female is at 0.04 and that a normal amount you get a glass at a bar they above that. It's just that easy friends- warn range to over - two drinks is over or enough- 3 hours to clear just one. Do the math. Taxes become your right hand real quick.
Peter Popoff (1 year ago)
Holy shit, look at her massive tits!!!!
ALAN NEWMAN (1 year ago)
too bad she didnt die should b chargedc with first degree murder
Rick James (1 year ago)
her friend looks hotter than her, too bad she killed her.
xrcrx ftfghjg (1 year ago)
she seems to appear loving the attention. I'm not convinced she has any remorse.
dreamsdo cometrue (1 year ago)
To the people who are having a problem with her smiling. The face we put on the outside sometimes doesn't always match the feelings we have on the inside, they can be polar opposites.
Zachary Janosek (1 year ago)
It doesn't sound believable to me. From someone who has lost friends, it's always difficult to talk about it. You can't be so strong.
Lorraine (1 year ago)
this makes me sick. maybe you should have called a cab instead if your friend's life really mattered to you
Srini Krish (1 year ago)
this bitch is so proud of her actions ...and has made enough effort to turn up pretty. shameful !!
I'm 40 years and never ever drink and drive because I do not drink at all . I got in 2 separate accidents with drunk driver's and im a survival not because im lucky but because of God.both of the accidents I was really hurt and don't want something like that to happen with no one.my questions is how can she tell a story with a smile on her face knowing she killed her best friend?we have no laws or system at all for dwi and if we do almost no punishment and I think that's y people drink and drive.all of u out there that like to drink and drive? do our self a favorite just simply kill ur self not others. im sick of people dwi.
birchply 023 (1 year ago)
you are a doush burk
Karissa Tullo (1 year ago)
Wow we feel so bad for YOU that you had to go through rehab and pain and suffering ....but what about your best friends parents who lost their child because you decided to drive drunk?
entertainment-knone (1 year ago)
Here's a novel idea. If you're driving, DO NOT DRINK. If you're going to drink, hand your keys to the bartender.
Blu (1 year ago)
murder is murder, she should have gotten life in prison, wtf is up with this justice system?!
Elizabeth Schiada (1 year ago)
Alcohol scares me so much. I also said that to my dad once and he said, "Yeah, it should scare you."
Alex Alexis (1 year ago)
Her best friend should've warned her as well not to drink and drive, but instead she got in the car. They're both at fault here
Philip Koen (1 year ago)
0:53 So everything were just about herself, "I blocked out everything except physically getting better" 2:15 "That was my focus" Oh yes, after I had my mobility back and I didn't need to focus so much on myself I remembered about my friend who I killed, what a good girl I am. Nobody needs friends like this idiot.
davids11131113 (1 year ago)
Bitch is walking around free getting paid for being on TV why??
Howard Lovecraft (1 year ago)
To say that vehicular manslaughter as a result of drunk driving is "accidental" is like saying that you stabbed someone a dozen times while they were begging for their life, but you "accidentally" killed them because you were just having a good time and weren't thinking about killing them at that moment. Let's call it what it is; tens of millions of Americans drink alcohol regularly and are perfectly willing to allow thousands of alcohol related deaths simply because getting drunk feels good.
Write Adventure Julia 12 (6 months ago)
HP Lovecraft yeah I can't stand it whe people use the word "accident" for shit like this.
Amina Be'Smilin (1 year ago)
Liberals Lost Hahahaha exactly
Ahany Ym (1 year ago)
stupid people...people should now better ugh
yammer haw (1 year ago)
The thing about the DUI law is it's part bullshit and hypocritical. About 2/3rds of the population have NO business on the damn roads. All one has to do is memorize a few questions and perform a WAY too simple driving test and they give the idiot a license to kill (or at least maim). If everyone's driving ability is equal then everyone should hit like Babe Ruth or drive like Michael Schumacher. Some people, such as myself for one, can drink 3 to 4 times over that stupid .08 level and still have common sense and very good reaction times. (yes, of course i'm impaired). You're just basically just putt-putt-putting around. Our public roads are not a freaking race track where you're driving flat out and need all your senses to be 100%!!! What would be fair is the state uses an abandoned, large parking lot (or an ACCURATE computer simulator). We drink and drive until we can't pass a set quota of braking in a certain amount of footage, in-an-out of cones, etc. Then blow into the tube and that BAC level gets stamped on your license (but minus 10% of the level you blew). Get pulled and blow under your BAC level and you're free to go. And YES, it's not gonna work for everyone, such as young lead-foots with no common sense to begin with; alcoholics who are subject to blackouts at any time - and you tell me other situations.... And EVERYONE has to take the driving test, not just those who wanna drink then drive.
kevin O (1 year ago)
Glad you reacted in time and are alive still!
yammer haw (1 year ago)
kevin o: I've heard this before. Just didn't mention it. And if i seen some drunk behind the wheel who's incapable of handling his vehicle in a safe manner - I'D BE THE FIRST PERSON TO CALL 911!!!! I've done that once before when i had to pull onto a side street to keep from being hit head on. I had no cell ph at that time but i did pull into a yard where a county sheriff car was parked. Knocked on the door. The cop acted like he could care less.
kevin O (1 year ago)
police can NOT park near bars/etc and wait for people to drive off! It is a form of entrapment. Back years ago police would use chalk or a marker to write the time a car/truck was parked at a bar and would pull them over once they left. Even drunk drivers have rights.
yammer haw (1 year ago)
So? Long as I (and others) can do it safely and better than most of the retards who HAVEN'T had a drink. I rarely drink and drive. If i do, it's 3 beers or less - WHICH I DON'T FEEL NOTHING FROM!! I just wanna be able to drink 8 or 9 drinks on the rare occasions i do drink and drive and not be F#######G HARASSED AT SOME DUI CHECKPOINT OR ANYPLACE!! If it's so dangerous why aren't the cops parked by bars and pulling over the patrons as they leave? The cops know that a high % of people leaving bars are over that ridiculous .08!! Lots of cops drink and drive. Most people who are over the .08 actually drive safer 'cause they know some cop is out there waiting for them to make some minor err that we all do even when we're sober. Tens of thousands have had their lives f####d over by this unjust DUI bullshit law!!!!
Nathan Lee (1 year ago)
yammer haw sounds like you just want to drink and drive
guy guy (2 years ago)
wow she looks like she cares so much and is so sincere
Shiawasenaneko (2 years ago)
Wow she looks so shaken up..... NOT.
Jason Huntley (2 years ago)
she belongs in JAIL
EJ GIGGEY (2 years ago)
We, as a civilized nation, must take action. When a drunk takes a life. The drunk should be killed, put to sleep. I don't care if the drunk is 15 or 65 years old. Sure, some will say they can reform. I say why bother, another nice person can replace the drunk. Set an example for everyone, sober lives matter.
Kristina C (2 years ago)
what's funny? why is she smiling? smh
George V (2 years ago)
Laura should have never gotten into the car! Poor decisions all around!!
Ruben Ruvalcaba (2 years ago)
It seems like a drunk driver that kills one person gets like 5 years. 😇😃😃😇
Matthew Rider (2 years ago)
For all the MORONS that are wondering why she is "smiling".... I have friends who used to work at Disneyland, and they would smile EVERY SECOND while working on shift. That didn't mean they were happy, or even close to being happy. In fact, some of them eventually hated working there and quit.... but kept smiling until they were out of there. The face we put on doesn't have to match what people feel. It is the same when people laugh at funerals. That doesn't mean they find death funny. Defense mechanisms and awkwardness come in all shapes and forms. Also, not that I would defend the stupid girl for driving drunk, but it takes "two to tango". Choosing to be a passenger in a motor vehicle with someone drunk behind the wheel, is equally as stupid as driving drunk yourself.
Andreya Wryght (5 months ago)
Thank you. Someone HAD to say it!!
Ruben Ruvalcaba (2 years ago)
I agree with Erika, If I knew my friend was drunk, I would take the keys from her. Maybe they were both drunk. RIP for her girlfriend. 🙏🙏🙏🙏
Amina Be'Smilin (1 year ago)
Carrie Connolly white privilege
Carrie Connolly (2 years ago)
The prosecutor offered her a deal, she did 4 years.
Ruben Ruvalcaba (2 years ago)
Carrie Did she get jail time, If so How many years ? 😇😇😇😇
Carrie Connolly (2 years ago)
They were both drunk, they had been out clubbing. There's an episode of One Bad Choice about it (you can find it on YouTube).
Jay Fedder (2 years ago)
murderer to survivor? you will always be A murderer
Amber Dennis (2 years ago)
what a dumb worthless bitch.
Remi Kvalheim (2 years ago)
she lies... she remembered every single second.
Amina Be'Smilin (1 year ago)
Remi Kvalheim it seems that way doesn't it
steve b (2 years ago)
Hey Katy Couric, you forgot to have her tell us how many blow jobs she had to give the judge in order to get only 4 years in jail. She's cute so it was probably only one or two, right? Oh and one for the prosecutor.
steve b (2 years ago)
I bet the friend was drunk as well. DO not get into a vehicle with a drunk driver! You WILL be killed!
Erika (2 years ago)
Its actually pretty shocking to see how heartless and cruel all the comments are. I do have sympathy for her, she was young and stupid and obviously had no intention of killing her best friend. Also i hate to blame the dead girl, but if you ride in a car driven by a drunk person, it is partly your fault. In the end the other girl lost her life and the driver has to live with the fact that she killed her best friend and i cant even imagine how hard that must be. Just thinking about how panicked and terrifyed she must of been when she woke up is heartbreaking to me.
Andreya Wryght (5 months ago)
Agreed, i would have not gotten into the car knowing the driver was drink, she could have stopped it. Not blaming anyone but.... I'm glad other people agree
Linuxx (9 months ago)
i deffinitley agree with you. we all make mistakes and im not trying to side with anyone but picture yourself in other peoples shoes.. bashing people on the internet and in life is not the answer
SuomiViina 69 (2 years ago)
I think she isn't sad.
Ahahha123 (2 years ago)
She was smiling??
Paige Snook (2 years ago)
Ikr, how is she smiling?
jsin (2 years ago)
We need anti-drinking campaigns not anti-drunk driving campaigns.
jsin (2 years ago)
But we were able to significantly reduce smoking through things like advertisement restrictions, warning labels, PSAs, etc. Alcohol in many respects is glamorized in this country. The only PSAs you see are about drunk driving. My point is i'd like to see more about the dangers of binge drinking in the first place.
jsin (2 years ago)
I don't support prohibition
Paige Snook (2 years ago)
I don't think this comment belongs on this type of video.
Theresa Yost (2 years ago)
you should still be in jail for killing your best friend.
Eli The Saint (2 years ago)
Why is this lowlife smiling!!! LOSER!! worried about HER injuries!!
Hilary Paik (2 years ago)
What do you mean it's unbelievable being a survivor and a murderer, your a murderer who wasn't thinking and now it's cost someone's life's
poliknoy (2 years ago)
I've met someone before who was in a very similar situation. Do not judge them before you really know everything.
Jeremy Gilmore (2 years ago)
She is hott..
Nina Simone (2 years ago)
why isn't this bitch in jail? I want answer now
Snow Ice (1 year ago)
nina muave Wow! 4 years 😱 I'll bet if it was a guy in her place, he'd still be in jail serving 10-15.
Gem Nicole Price (2 years ago)
+nina muave She served 4 years in jail.

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