Alyssa was born on July 9, 1986 in New Orleans. During her eighteen years, she lived in Jackson, MS, Monroe, LA, Okinawa, Japan, Manchester, NJ, and then returning to New Orleans. She graduated from Ben Franklin High School in 2004. After graduation she moved to Biloxi, Mississippi with her mother, father and little brother. She began working at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino as a hostess at Cafe Jardin. She began her freshman year of college at Loyola University with hopes of someday becoming an attorney.
On October 1, 2004, Alyssa's life was changed. She was traveling home that Friday night after a long week of school. She was only 1 exit away from where she would be getting off of Interstate 10 when she was struck head on by Andrew Nation. Andrew was a 16 year old junior at D'Iberville High School and had spent the evening out drinking with friends. He was driving over 100 mph on the wrong side of the interstate with a blood alcohol level well over the legal limit. Alyssa was approaching the top of a bridge and was not able to see him approaching on the other side.
Only by the grace of God was Alyssa's life spared on that dreadful night. Andrew was not as fortunate. Alyssa suffered severe injuries to both of her feet, puncture in her liver, broken lumbar bone in her back, and a severe Traumatic Brain Injury.
She has remained in critical condition at the ICU at Keesler Medical Clinic. She suffered with a very bad phnuemonia and massive brain swelling.