|Luke at the zoo|
Luke Maue was a loving and caring boy with a sweet smile. He loved basketball, the Power Rangers and Blues Brothers 2000.
On May 18, 2001, seven-year-old Luke visited the St. Louis Zoo on a field trip with his first-grade class. Luke was excited about the trip and was happy to have his mother, Angie, attend with him.
As they were leaving the zoo after a fun-filled day, a 20-year-old drunk driver, with a BAC of .22, was driving 64 mph in a 25 mph zone and lost control of his car. His car jumped the curb and struck and killed Luke on the sidewalk as his mother and classmates watched in horror.
After Luke was killed, Angie called MADD’s Help Line looking for support. She was introduced to a victim advocate, Angela Leong, who met the family at the funeral home for the visitation and continued to support the family. “She was there for us whenever we needed her,” says Angie Maue, Luke’s mother.
Angie also attended support group meetings and other MADD events. Through MADD, the Maue family found a community that helped them through the healing process, and now considers them family.
Angie now spends her time speaking at area high schools, colleges and MADD Victim Impact Panels. She hopes that sharing Luke’s story might prevent someone else from a senseless tragedy like this.
“I feel that is my gift and what I am supposed to do,” Angie says. “I witnessed my son's death and now I need to be his voice. We want to give back to MADD, the organization that is making an effort to do the same.”
The Maues created Luke’s Legacy and host a fundraising event for MADD called “Hope 4 Tomorrow,” a 5K run and 1 mile MADD Dash that is held around Luke’s birthday each year. This event raises several thousand dollars each year for the MADD Gateway affiliate.