On February 17, 2011, a car crash in Thornton, Colorado claimed the lives of a family of five. Randy and Crystaldawn Stollstiemer and thier family were on their way home after one of their sons basketball games when a speeding SUV had gone airborne after hitting a median, landing on top of the families pick-up, instantly killing them all. The driver of the SUV was Monica Chavez, who also had her two children in her vehicle. Toxicology reports indicate no drugs or alcohol were present in Monica Chavez’ system at the time of the incident. Instead, it is believed she had suffered a seizure moments before the crash. Monica Chavez was charged with five counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide and two counts of Child Abuse, in which she was found not guilty at trial on June 15, 2012 due to her medical condition. During Monica Chavez trail a history of five seizure-like episodes had been revealed, happening between 2006 and the time of the crash. None had been reported to the Department of Motor Vehicle. The Colorado State Law does not require for doctors to report lapse of consciousness disorders to the Department of Motor Vehicle. Only six states require doctors to report these incidents and we would like Colorado to be the seventh state to have this law.
Please help make Colorado the 7th state to have regulations governing lapse of consciousness disorders, requiring doctors to report such cases to the Department of Motor Vehicle and giving the Department of Motor Vehicle the authority to place persons driving privilege on a medical probation in lieu of suspension or revocation due to these medical conditions. A medical probation will allow the Department of Motor Vehicle to monitor the drivers with this medical condition on an ongoing basis in reference to California, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware state laws.
Not only will it help keep people with these conditions safe, but also the rest of the community. We cannot afford for this type of incident to happen to another family.
In Loving Memory of
Randy, Crystaldawn, Sebastian, Darrian and Cyrus Stollsteimer
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