On a summer evening in 2010, Canadian Bethany Benson, then 22, was being driven to her home in Oshawa, Ontario, by her boyfriend from her aunt’s house in Michigan. Feeling tired and with a long drive ahead, Benson decided she would try and get a little more comfortable. With her seat reclined and her feet up on the dashboard, Benson soon drifted off to sleep. But her unwise decision to relax in this position changed Benson’s life radically.
At the time of the fateful drive, Benson was looking forward to heading back to her hometown’s Trent University to complete her B.A. degree. The young woman was majoring in history with a minor in French. Benson was a passionate athlete who enjoyed playing a variety of sports and was hoping to train as a teacher after she graduated.