DWI With Kids to be Felony in NY


leandra-rosado-sm250In July, an intoxicated women got into her car and drove a friend’s 11-year-old daughter to her death. Police say that 31-year-old Carmen Huerta was drunk as she sped down the Henry Hudson Parkway at 12:30 am with her own daughter and six other kids in tow.  Hitting speeds of 80 miles per hour and dismissing her daughter’s pleas to slow down, Huerta lost control of her vehicle.  The car flipped several times and finally smashed into a tree, ejecting three of the young girls.

Amazingly, only one of the passengers died in the crash — Leandra Rosado.  Yesterday, Lenny Rosado, Leandra’s father, got a small bit of closure as the New York State Assembly endorsed a law that will increase the penalties for driving drunk with a minor in the car.

The bill, which is being called “Leandra’s Law“, will make it a felony for anyone with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more to drive with a child under 16 years of age in the car.  Carmen Huerta, whose blood-alcohol was 0.132 at the time of the crash, was charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter.  She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment in October.

Lenny Rosado says that while nothing can ease the pain of losing his child to a drunk driver, he’s ecstatic about the law.  Leandra wanted to be a star, he says.  Now she will forever be remembered for protecting other children from drunk drivers.

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