Why We’re Here: Malina Price-Bos

Malina Price-Bos grew up in Auburndale, FL.   At the age of 19, she won Miss Auburndale and was later awarded the Miss America Organization’s Community Service award.

She dedicated her life to community service and making a difference for others. After graduating from college, Malina and her husband Keith moved to Israel to become missionary teachers.  But tragically, their marriage was short lived.  After her husband’s death, Malina returned home to Auburndale.

On St. Patrick’s Day in 1996, just two months after Keith died, Malina and her parents were driving home from church. They were in separate vehicles, when a vehicle crossed the center line and sideswiped the vehicle her parents were in, and then struck the vehicle Malina was driving head-on.

Malina was killed instantly. She was 23.

The driver had a blood-alcohol level of 0.24 and told officials at the scene that he had been drinking at a few bars. He was convicted of DUI manslaughter and sentenced to 17 years in prison. He served 9 before being let out on an appeal.

Malina’s family – her brother Bubba, father Larry, and mother Flora – was devastated by her death.  They connected with Mary Dean, a MADD victim advocate in MADD Polk County who helped them throughout the court proceedings.  Malina’s mother, Flora, continued her involvement with MADD because she knew Malina would have wanted her do something to help prevent drunk driving.  Flora served as the leader of the MADD Polk County Chapter, and continues to share her story often, participating in panel discussions at schools and at court-appointed activities.

“The pain of loss is still real but I am grateful to MADD for the opportunity to volunteer, making Malina’s death not be in vain,” said Flora.

Malina and her brother Bubba