Thank You Maria Esteves of MADD

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The Hasbrouck Heights Police Department would like to thank Maria Esteves of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for the moving and educational speech that she gave to the Senior class of Hasbrouck Heights High School on June 12, 2014.

Maria Esteves showing a picture of her daughter Rosemary, who was killed by an intoxicated driver

Maria Esteves showing a picture of her daughter Rosemary, who was killed by an intoxicated driver

Maria Esteves, of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), spoke to the Seniors about her daughter Rosemary, who was killed by a drunk driver when she was 8 years old. Maria lost Rosemary on April 21, 1991. The third-grader was hit by a drunk driver while she was crossing the street with her great uncle and siblings projecting their bodies 70 feet in the air. Her great uncle died on the way to the hospital from cardiac arrest, while Rosemary was transported to UMDNJ hospital. It was on April 21st at 5:10am, the day after the accident, that Rosemary was taken off a ventilator. Maria said the man who killed her daughter and uncle had been bar hopping that day, looking for a place for his son to have a bachelor party. With every bar visit, he drank. His blood-alcohol content was .10% BAC, the legal limit, at that time.  He was found guilty of two counts of reckless manslaughter and two counts of death by auto. He was ordered to jail on April 21, 1993, two years to the day Maria lost Rosemary. Throughout his trial, the man never stated he was sorry or expressed any remorse. He served four years and eight months in prison. Maria explained how she testified at each of the man’s parole hearings, making sure he served the full sentence handed out by the judge.