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The powerful Quartermaine family experienced yet another tragedy when favorite son Jason (Steve Burton) was injured in a car accident. The driver of the car, a drunken AJ (Sean Kanan), walked away with barely a scratch, but Jason suffered brain damage. Ned (Wally Kurth), wanting to spare Alan and Monica any more pain, took responsibility for the accident, adding to AJís guilt. After the accident, Jason changed from a good, kind kid into a cold, emotionless young man. To the horror of his family, Jason abandoned his lifelong plan of becoming a doctor like his parents and instead went to work for mob kingpin Sonny Corinthos, changing his name to Jason Morgan in the process. Alan and Monica were crushed. The Jason they knew no longer existed: a sudden story change that completely uprooted an established character...for the better, as Jason has been a much more compelling character ever since.