Early morning on New Year’s Day in 2010, 21-year-old Elaina Luquis-Ortiz received a call from a friend who got a flat tire on the interstate. Elaina was in the process of selling the car to her friend, and since the insurance policy was still in her name, she thought it would be best if she met up with them to see if she could help.
The three were sitting in Elaina’s car on the shoulder of the freeway, waiting for the tow truck to arrive, when a drunk driver with a BAC more than three times the legal limit crashed into them. Elaina died at the scene and her two friends were transported to the hospital with major injuries.
Elaina was six months pregnant with her first child, Romeo. He also did not survive.
Elaina was so excited to become a mom. She had proudly posted ultrasound photos of Romeo on her MySpace page. But instead of a baby shower, Elaina’s family had to plan her funeral.
This holiday season, we remember Elaina, Romeo, and the thousands of others who are killed and injured every year by this 100% preventable crime.
We have our sites set high for 2013, and plan to make great progress with the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®, but we need your help to succeed. You can help save lives and serve victims in 2013 with your holiday gift to MADD today.