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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 18, 2019 04:23 PM
From: Representative John T. Galloway
To: All House members
Subject: Justice for DUI Casualties
 
On January 19, 2014, 15 year old Zachary Gonzalez was struck and killed by a vehicle while its driver was under the influence of cocaine and prescription medications. Although the driver faced charges related to driving under the influence, he received no charges for killing Zachary Gonzalez. This failure of justice took place because it was determined that the driver’s intoxication was not the cause of the death.

My bill will address this injustice by making sure that someone who seriously injures or kills another person while driving under the influence is charged with a second degree misdemeanor, even if it is ruled that the driver’s intoxication was not the cause of the injury.

By creating these new penalties, we can ensure that this technicality will not allow future offenders to avoid justice. Please join me in supporting the safety of Pennsylvania’s families.



Introduced as HB874