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Niger RPCV Sherrie Daniel in fatal accident in Kuwait returns home

Niger RPCV Sherrie Daniel in fatal accident in Kuwait returns home

Daniel spent one day in a Kuwaiti jail. Then, until the investigation was completed regarding her involvement in the accident, she was to remain in the country. The accident occurred Nov. 19 in Fintas, Kuwait. While traveling through the city, a car pulled out in front of Daniel, she said. Unable to stop her car, Daniel hit the woman's car, she said. The car flipped over, but as the woman was trying to exit the vehicle, it rolled over again on top of her, killing her instantly. Daniel's mother, Pat Daniel, said they were worried at first because they were unfamiliar with the court system in Kuwait and unsure what was going to occur. 'We were trying to figure out the proper steps to get her out of the country,' Pat Daniel said. Daniel would not discuss the case in detail because of an ongoing civil case.

Niger RPCV Sherrie Daniel in fatal accident in Kuwait returns home

Troy woman in fatal accident in Kuwait returns home

Belleville News-Democrat

June 10, 2007

Caption: Sherrie Daniel talks about her experiences in Kuwait at her home in Troy. Photo: Zia Nizami/BND

After a seven-month ban from leaving Kuwait, Sherrie Daniel is happy to be home with her family.

'It's just really great to be home,' said Daniel, 27, who arrived at Lambert St. Louis International Airport at 11:30 p.m. Friday after more than 30 hours on an airplane.

Two weeks ago, a Kuwaiti judge lifted a ban to allow Daniel to leave the country after an investigation into a fatal traffic accident in which she was involved was completed.

'It would've happened to anybody who was involved in this type of accident, whether a local resident or a foreigner,' Daniel said from her Troy home Saturday. 'They were thorough in their investigation, as anyone would've been in an accident where a death occurred.'

Daniel spent one day in a Kuwaiti jail. Then, until the investigation was completed regarding her involvement in the accident, she was to remain in the country.

The accident occurred Nov. 19 in Fintas, Kuwait. While traveling through the city, a car pulled out in front of Daniel, she said. Unable to stop her car, Daniel hit the woman's car, she said. The car flipped over, but as the woman was trying to exit the vehicle, it rolled over again on top of her, killing her instantly.

Daniel's mother, Pat Daniel, said they were worried at first because they were unfamiliar with the court system in Kuwait and unsure what was going to occur.

'We were trying to figure out the proper steps to get her out of the country,' Pat Daniel said.

Daniel would not discuss the case in detail because of an ongoing civil case.

Daniel's story gained local attention. She was interviewed by various news stations and newspapers while still in Kuwait.

After Sherrie Daniel was interviewed by KMOX broadcaster Charlie Brennan last December, the St. Louis office of the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski contacted her mother about representing her through their office in Kuwait.

'They were awesome,' Sherrie Daniel said.

When the ban was lifted two weeks ago, Sherrie said her lawyers promised to get her back to Troy in time for the July 7 wedding of her sister, Stephanie Daniel. She is serving as maid of honor.

'I had so many people around the world praying for me. It was unbelievable,' Daniel said. 'I have a firm belief that you may have a plan for your life, but God's plan is so much better.'

Before the accident, Sherrie Daniel was set to return in December after a year with a contracting company. In Kuwait, she provided recreational programs for U.S soldiers. Her father, retired Air Force Master Sgt. James Daniel, and her brother-in-law, Jerry Jarrell, were also in Kuwait with the same company. While Jarrell is already home, James Daniel will return next week.

Daniel said she actually did enjoy her time in the foreign country.

'I loved being over there,' she said. 'First of all, I was supporting the military. And it was nice to integrate with the culture, and it was a new experience.'

Sherrie Daniel said she is used to traveling after growing up in a military family, which also led her to spend two and a half years in the Peace Corps and time in New Orleans helping victims of Hurricane Katrina with Crisis Corps, an organization of the Peace Corps.

While she's happy to be home, Sherrie Daniel said with a smile, she's ready to figure out her next destination.

Contact reporter Jennifer Kapiolani Saxton at jsaxton@bnd.com or 692-1149.

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