Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Firefighter's Killer Convicted

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Dec. 2008
Jerome Jones pleaded guilty to the drunk driving death of firefighter Julio Alvarado. Jones was sentenced to 15 years in prison. His widow testified in court.

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From Nov. 2007

A witness describes the scene:

Articles about Julio Alvarado's funeral service with photo of his grieving family:

Purchase the 2009 Hispanic Firefighter's Calendar. Proceeds from the calendar will benefit the Parkland Burn Camp, the Julio Alvarado Memorial Fund, and the Dallas Hispanic Firefighter Association (DHFA) Scholarship Fund:

Mother Killed by Brandon Burchfield

Feb. 24, 2008

Nogaelda Zavala was killed by a drunk driver. Her sister speaks of the family's grief. The passenger of Brandon Burchfield was critically injured, suffering a broken neck.

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Brandon's brother speaks about the crash:

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

13 Year Old Girl Killed by Drunk Driver

December 17, 2008

Nicole "Lilly" Lalime had just gotten off her school bus and was only a short walk from home when a car -- driven by John Winne who police say was drunk -- struck her on Tuesday afternoon.

Her mother said, "Drunk driving just can't be tolerated."

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Family's Grief, Desire for Tougher Laws Grow

Sept. 2008
The family of a couple killed over Labor Day weekend share their outrage.

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Father Outraged by Sentence Given to Drunk Driver

Nov. 2008

Adam Parks was given 10 years on probation after being convicted for causing the crash that killed 17 year old Nick Cullens. Phillip Cullens believes that the juries lacked the guts to sentence Parks to prison and that the ruling sends the message that life is cheap.

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Christmas Day Crash Kills Husband and Wife

Dec. 2008
Two are killed by an alleged drunk driver in Harris county, Texas, where alcohol is involved in almost 45 percent of all crashes.

“You go to sleep after having a wonderful Christmas Day, then get a call at 6 a.m. from the medical examiner, telling me that my daughter and her husband were killed,” Ron Harris said of his daughter, 30-year-old Christy Bordelon and her husband, Kevin.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Candle Blowing In the Wind: A tribute to Karen Ferreira

Fifteen year old Karen Ferreira had her promising young life cut short by a drunk and drugged driver. Please don't get behind the wheel when impaired. Alcohol is an equal opportunity life destroyer. Visit: to learn more about the crash and the sentencing of a repeat violent offender, Jerry Moya.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

DWI Claims Student's Life

December 6, 2008

Jason Shein was 21, studying to become a doctor and hoping to practice one day in New York, close to his family in Levittown.

Shortly after midnight yesterday, driving home from a dinner with friends at Applebee's in Farmingdale, he was killed when a drunken driver's SUV slammed head-on into his car, Nassau police said.

The SUV driver, Persi Esquivel, 46, of Valley Stream, who is on probation from a previous drunken driving conviction, was arrested on manslaughter and 11 other charges.

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Families Rememeber Those Killed By Drunk Drivers

The grief of losing a child is overwhelming. Parents are never the same. They never recover. The pain is always there.

Losing a child to a drunk driver is a whole new level of pain and grief.

Each year, dozens of mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives, all join together, holding hands and holding candles as they remember those lost to drunk driving.

Temple Terrance United Methodist Church has held a candlelight vigil each year for the past 25 years to remember those lost at the hands of a drunk driver.

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Mourning Husband Pleads Against Drunk Driving

Shannon Kruse, and her unborn daughter named Jenna Lynn, were killed by Jacob Victor on Aug. 26, 2007. Victor was sentenced to ONLY one year in jail. The family was hoping the 26 year old Victor would have received 8 years.

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Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007

Shannon Kruse's husband, Mark, wants to make sure the "don't drink and drive" message gets across.

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Rachel Elliot Killed by Drunk Driver

Rachel Elliot was killed by a drunk driver on Feb. 21, 2008.

Her family has established a memorial website in her honor with photos and other info. Rachel's father has a blog, Sad DADD: where he shares his thoughts about life without his daughter. Her uncle has also set up a blog where he reports Drunk Driving Stories and News.

You can also visit the Rachel Elliot Myspace page
On her YouTube channel you can view more videos of Rachel
Watch the News Clip of her memorial.

Fiance of Killed Pregnant Woman Talks to CBS 11

"Don't drive drunk and take someone's family from them. It could be yours," said Travis Mark Smith. His pregnant finace Penny Cliatt, age 22, was killed on her way home from work.

Feb. 10, 2008

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Wake Held for College Student

Jan. 2, 2008

18 year old Kylie Pinheiro was killed right before the New Year by Kimberly Green. Kylie was on break from college visiting family when she was killed. Her cousins were with her during the crash and were seriously injured.

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