MADDvocate - Winter 2009 - (Page 6)

Court Reporting a BAC of .08 or higher.) The crash killed a 37-yearold man. The offender allegedly struggled with officers and EMTs on the scene. With slurred speech, she responded “What does it matter?” when officers asked how much she had had to drink. The suspect had previous DUI convictions in 2004 and 2006. She has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide, DWI and criminal vehicular operation. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for the vehicular homicide charge. News from Courts Nationwide rEpEat offEndEr w ILLINOIS—Over a period of 15 years, a 29-yearold woman has racked up 19 charges of driving while unlicensed, driving without a valid license and driving with a suspended license. This year, she allegedly caused a crash that killed her boyfriend. Reports say she lost control of her vehicle and collided with a semi-truck. The county prosecutor says that he plans on charging her with an aggravated DUI for her boyfriend’s death. Unbelievably, the suspect was again arrested for DUI only two months after the crash. by Heather Estudillo, MADD National Victim Services Specialist Child EndangErmEnt w FLORIDA—With her 5-month-old boy in the back seat of her car, a 28-year-old woman crashed into a parked truck and a home. Police were called when another driver saw the woman’s white pickup truck driving erratically. The concerned citizen followed her until the crash, and then pulled the baby from the back seat, where he was not strapped into his car seat. The alleged offender was taken to a medical center, where she fought with nurses. The suspect was arrested and is being charged with a DUI with property damage, child abuse and three counts of battery on health services. The child was released into a grandparent’s custody. UndEragE drinking w NEW YORK—Two parents are facing up to a year in jail each for providing alcohol to teens at a party in their home. Police responded to a tip about the party and found 11 teens, ages 13 to 15, drinking. Two of the teens were taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. Get Involved If you would like to help stop drunk driving and make sure that criminals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, visit today. high Blood alCohol ContEnt (BaC) w MINNESOTA—A 32-year-old woman allegedly caused a crash by slamming into the back of a car while driving at excessive speeds. Two hours after the crash, her BAC was .36. (It is illegal to drive at MADDvocate | Winter 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MADDvocate - Winter 2009

MADDvocate - Winter 2009
Across the Nation
Court Reporting
Advocacy in Action
Insurance Crash Course
Stuck in Grief
Prepping for Surgeries
It’s Contagious
Legally Speaking
Healing Journey

MADDvocate - Winter 2009