On August 17, 2002, 16-year-old Jamie Maier was backing out of a friend’s driveway when a drunk driver crashed into the passenger side of her car. The drunk driver was traveling more than 100 mph in a 30 mph zone, with a blood alcohol concentration of .12 percent. The impact instantly killed both Jamie and her friend who was riding with her.
Jamie’s mother, Roseanne, describes her daughter as “a beautiful, kind and smart girl who always encouraged her friends to be good and safe.” In fact, the night of prom she insisted that her boyfriend call his mom for a ride because the people they came with had been drinking.
After Jamie was killed, Rosanne was put in touch with her local MADD victim advocate, who helped the family during the trial. The drunk driver was convicted of two counts of manslaughter and sentenced to 30 years and because he had multiple DUIs, he will have to serve 85% of his sentence.
|Roseanne and Jamie|
After the trial was over, Roseanne began speaking about Jamie and sharing her story. Roseanne now speaks at schools, diversion counseling programs with teens and parents, DUI classes and at monthly MADD Victim Impact Panels®.
When Jamie was growing up, she always said she wanted to be famous. Now, 11 years later, Rosanne has shared Jamie’s story and given her photo to more than 140,000 people in hopes of preventing a tragedy like this for other families, while inadvertently helping Jamie’s dream come true—to become famous.
Jamie often shared her philosophy in life that “nobody promises you tomorrow, so be good today, and show the people you love, that you love them today.”
Each time Roseanne shares Jamie’s story, she ends her presentation with this statement:
“If you have love in your hearts, you won't take chances with your life...you will think about the people who love you and need you alive and not in prison. Please remember Jamie's little philosophy in life."
|Roseanne sharing Jamie's story|