Video: Survivor Maria Federici returns to bartending, at The Bridge

Her name became widely known in 2004, because of a tragedy that led to tougher laws; now, she is in the spotlight again, for a new role at a West Seattle bar. Our friends at KING 5 report that Maria Federici, the woman who lost her sight when an unsecured board flew off a truck and through her windshield, is bartending once a week at The Bridge. If you didn’t see it on TV at 11 pm last night (or shared earlier on Facebook pages including ours), you can watch reporter Joe Fryer‘s story above, or on the KING 5 webpage with full details. Not only did Maria survive against all odds, she and her mother campaigned for a tougher law addressing unsecured loads and victim compensation; it took effect in 2005. The story also is told in a book called “Out of Nowhere,” published last year.

10 Replies to "Video: Survivor Maria Federici returns to bartending, at The Bridge"

  • Jennifer June 15, 2011 (8:07 am)

    Way to go! You are an inspiration to all of us Maria!

  • ttt June 15, 2011 (8:34 am)

    Good for her!!! Because of her story, I always change lanes when there is someone driving in front of me with a load…glad she got the law changed.

  • HT June 15, 2011 (8:37 am)


  • RJB June 15, 2011 (10:43 am)

    Way to go Maria and the Bridge! I love the whole crew at the Bridge and this just makes me love them more!! I also change lanes now when anyone is in front of me with their vehicle full of stuff due to Maria’s horrible accident. Can’t wait to go to The Bridge when Maria is there to support everyone!!

  • miws June 15, 2011 (1:35 pm)

    Way to go Maria! Congrats on the new job, and kudos to The Bridge for hiring Maria!



  • nice June 15, 2011 (3:12 pm)

    I’ve followed her story over the years what a great follow-up! I am so happy for her! And kudos to the bar owner for giving her a try. She deserves it!

  • CandrewB June 15, 2011 (6:35 pm)

    Congrats, been meaning to check this place out.

  • NMF June 15, 2011 (6:46 pm)

    Beautiful lady, beautiful story. Way to go Bridge people.

  • Hatcher June 15, 2011 (10:11 pm)

    So amazing. I love Rita and The Bridge. I guess I’ll just have to go get some bacon wrapped dates and meet Marie! You guys rock!

  • Mike June 16, 2011 (12:09 am)

    Every unsecured load I see I think about her. Glad to read a good story like this.

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