St. Petersburg, Florida - Kelli Zemeski says she's trying not to be angry.
She doesn't hate the teenagers who stole her minivan and plowed it into a man's mobile home early Friday morning. She doesn't blame their families. But she is disappointed and concerned.
"I'm worried that... what's gonna happen next?"
Kelli's story put a human face on the web of human tragedy associated with something that seems as simple as a stolen car incident.
"You know, we all lost," she says.
The story got a few seconds of mention on the evening newscasts, but then, she says, there are months, perhaps years of pain for those involved.
In this case, two of the occupants were hospitalized. Another was arrested. A man's home was lost. A car next door was destroyed.
Photos: Minivan slams into mobile home
And in Zemeski's case, the papers, equipment and vehicle she needed to find work as a massage therapist were lost, putting in jeopardy "wy ability to get out there and find a job to provide for my family," says Zemeski.
The stolen minivan flattened the mobile home belonging to Lewis Dean, who now has no place to go. Zemeski says she met Dean when police brought her to the scene of the accident.
"It was just so sad, because he was standing there with the bag and said 'Well, that's it. That's all I had.'"
And it was in that moment that Zemeski realized her own worries, her own personal tragedy, was part of a ripple effect of suffering brought on by young people making bad decisions.
"Even with all the other things that had happened I just started crying, because I felt so bad," she said.
Zemeski's motive for speaking out is not pity, she says, but the opportunity to send a message to other kids to make smarter choices. And recognize the damage and the suffering that can be brought upon others.
"I mean was it really worth it? Was it that much fun?" Zemeski asks through tears, "I just don't understand."
Zemeski says she still has faith things will improve for her and her family, but she admits she's concerned.
As for Lewis Dean, the Red Cross was putting him up for a few days, but he told Zemeski because of the age of his mobile home, he no longer had insurance.