Posts filed under: Victim Stories

Last month, MADD featured Ohio mechanic and businessman Daniel Toops. Click here to read Toops’ story. On Nov. 28, 2013, Toops died in a drunk driving crash. Four other people were in the vehicle that night. Rick Thompson, a friend of...
Daniel was a sweet and compassionate man. He was known for working on trucks, for his natural talent and his skills that grew larger than he could imagine. He was the kind of person that finished whatever he started and...
MADD interviewed Stephen’s dad, Michael DiPatri and his stepmom, Linda DiPatri. Stephen DiPatri: The Adrenaline Junkie Stephen DiPatri lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed taking risks even at a young age. When he saw a warning not to try...
On December 17, 2004, Krystal Foster’s husband Chris and daughter Raven picked her up from work at 10:30 p.m. Thirteen minutes later, they were hit by an underage drunk driver. The driver was high on drugs and had a BAC...
Three days after turning 15, Zach Gonzalez was killed by a drugged driver while riding his bike with his friends. The driver had Valium and cocaine in his system and five cocaine pipes in his vehicle that all tested positive....
On July 9, 2011, 7-year-old Xitclalli “Chilli” Vaszquez spent the day at the mall with her sister, cousin, and aunt. She got her hair cut so that she would look extra pretty for her 8th birthday that was just three...
On August 14, 1997, I was able to witness the birth of my nephew, Damion Michael Henderson. For the next 16 years, 6 months and 23 days, I watched him grow from an infant into a young man. He was...
When one of my family members calls someone a “Cole,” it means something special. It’s family shorthand for calling someone Compassionate, Obedient to God, Loving and Enthusiastic toward life – all such core personality traits of my handsome son Cole,...
Valentine’s Day Without a Valentine Fernando Aguirre was on his way home to his wife, Dr. Robin Aguirre to celebrate Valentine’s Day with her when everything went horribly wrong. Trust Misplaced Long ago, after becoming a citizen of the United...
Seven Years Ago Feels Like Yesterday What were you doing on December 9th? While many of us were caught up in the hustle of the holiday season, Melissa McNeill was remembering a crash that 7 years ago snuffed out the...