Stronger DWI Laws
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Justice for Dimitri

Stronger DWI Laws

    1. aileen smith
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      aileen smith

      Colorado Springs, CO

I am the mother that is spoken of in this article... It is my mission to see justice done for my son, Dimitri. We were hit while on our way to see our family in San Diego and celebrate the pending arrival of the first child born to our family in over two decades. Please support our cause in installing stronger DWI laws in New Mexico...
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A couple whose unborn baby died in an accident involving a man accused of drunken driving in New Mexico is advocating for tougher DWI laws in the state, saying they don't want other families to suffer such a devastating loss.

Zach and Aileen Smith, who was 7 months pregnant, were traveling through northern New Mexico in June, on their way to San Diego for their baby shower when their vehicle was hit. Aileen Smith and the unborn child were seriously injured and doctors performed an emergency cesarean section, but the baby named after her grandfather didn't survive.

Las Vegas, N.M., resident Ramon Hernandez, 43, pleaded not guilty this week to vehicular homicide and a felony DWI charge, stemming from the accident. State Motor Vehicle Division records show that he had at least four prior DWI convictions, and his license was revoked when the crash with the Smiths took place.

"This is the death of our son," Aileen Smith told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/RcOwpU ). "We'll follow this case completely through and do our best to see that justice is brought to Dimitri."

Hernandez's attorney, Ben Andrew Mondragon, said Thursday that authorities are "going to have to prove" that his client was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

The Smiths were traveling from their home in Colorado Springs, Colo., and had merged onto Interstate 25 in San Miguel County when Hernandez's vehicle pulled across their lane and in front of them, leading the couple to T-bone his vehicle. Aileen Smith suffered contusions to her abdomen and a broken sternum. Doctors at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe performed a C-section to try and save the unborn baby.

The Smiths held their son briefly before handing him over to a medical examiner's office, which later determined that Dimitri Smith died from massive head injuries and bleeding on the brain.

"There was nothing they could do," Aileen Smith said. "I woke up from surgery and was reaching out asking for my son, and the nurse leaned over and told me that he had passed."

Hernandez's original charge of causing injury to a pregnant woman was amended a few days later to vehicular homicide. He is jailed on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

The Smiths said they are angry over the needless loss of their child and the circumstances under which it happened and that they will push for laws to be changed in New Mexico.

"I lived in Santa Fe for a year, and I knew the drunken driving laws were lax back then," said Zach Smith, who attended St. John's College. "I come from California, where if you have a third DWI, they put you away."

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/08/02/news/alleged-dwi-claims-tiny-life.html

 

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Couple who lost baby calls for tougher drunk driving laws in NM

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      http://newmexico.watchdog.org/16658/couple-who-lost-baby-calls-for-tougher-drunk-driving-laws-in-nm/

      Remember - this is not about political party affiliations - DWI offenses transcend race, gender, and party affiliations.

      Couple who lost baby calls for tougher drunk driving laws in NM

      A couple from Colorado who lost their unborn son in a car crash in San Miguel County allegedly involving a drunk driver - who already had three DWI convictions - met with Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday (Dec.

    3. Martinez getting help with DWI fight

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2870111.shtml?cat=504 Governor Martinez is pushing for tougher DWI Laws, and is so moved by what happened to Dimitri that she is even calling it Dimitri's Law.

      Martinez getting help with DWI fight

      Posted at: 12/17/2012 6:03 PM | Updated at: 12/17/2012 6:20 PM By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4 New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is on a crusade to toughen New Mexico's drunk driving penalties. She's getting help from a Colorado couple who have a deeply personal reason to get involved.

    4. Martinez getting help with DWI fight

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2870111.shtml?cat=504 Governor Martinez was gracious enough to meet with us this morning and discuss the DWI law. She is in full support for seeing Dimitri's Law pass this January.

      Martinez getting help with DWI fight

      Posted at: 12/17/2012 6:03 PM | Updated at: 12/17/2012 6:20 PM By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4 New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is on a crusade to toughen New Mexico's drunk driving penalties. She's getting help from a Colorado couple who have a deeply personal reason to get involved.

    5. Heartbroken family pushes for tougher DWI laws

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      Zach and I met with the Governor this morning and discussed the DWI law. see one of the interviews that we did at this link. http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/heartbroken-family-pushes-for-tougher-dwi-laws

      Heartbroken family pushes for tougher DWI laws

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    6. County gets tougher against repeat DWIs

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/county-gets-tougher-against-repeat-DWIs

      ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A tougher stance against drunken drivers in Bernalillo County will mean those who tried to skirt one of the harshest DWI penalties in the city will not be able to get away with it any more.

      County gets tougher against repeat DWIs

      ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A tougher stance against drunken drivers in Bernalillo County will mean those who tried to skirt one of the harshest DWI penalties in the city will not be able to get away with it any more. Tuesday night, Bernalillo County Commissioners passed the Vehicle Seizure and Forfeiture Ordinance.

    7. read the bill for Dimitri's Law at this link

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer
    8. Bernalillo County Commission Approves DWI Vehicle Seizure and Forfeiture Or

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      http://m.bernco.gov/news-press-release/153178/

      “DWI continues to be a huge threat to public safety in Bernalillo County,” says Commissioner Wayne Johnson.“If repeat offenders and their enablers know their vehicles can be taken away, it will make them think twice before deciding to drive drunk."

    9. Clovis County passes DWI forfeiture ordinance

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.cnjonline.com/news/story-658857.html

      Using logic that deemed a vehicle a deadly weapon in the hands of habitual drunken drivers, the Curry County Commission on Tuesday morning passed an ordinance aimed at taking away that weapon....

    10. Justice for Dimitri Facebook Page

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Dimitri/144881315650724?ref=hl

      Be sure to visit Justice for Dimitri on facebook for more updates about our case and our push to see the DWI laws change!

    11. MADD to speak out on lives being cut too short

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      MADD to speak out on lives being cut too short
      Taking news coverage to national convention

      Read more: http://www.koat.com/news/new-mexico/albuquerque/MADD-to-speak-out-on-lives-being-cut-too-short/-/9153728/16490132/-/5lkt24z/-/index.html#ixzz25jhyif7K

      Let's help support MADD's efforts to see DWI laws changed and properly enforced. There have been so many child deaths in Nm due to drinking and driving - our case is not unheard of.

    12. FAMILY OPENS UP ABOUT CHILD KILLED BY DRUNKEN DRIVER

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.koat.com/news/new-mexico/albuquerque/Family-opens-up-about-child-killed-by-drunken-driver/-/9153728/16461654/-/11c7lhi/-/index.html#comments

      This is not our story - but it is one just like it. This family had to bury their son because another person decided to drink and drive. This person (allegedly Last Saturday, Aug 25th, 20-year old) drunk driver rear-ended them, fled that, hit another car and broke that driver's arm, then rammed into police cars before his arrest.

    13. Editorial: Getting Tough on DWI Means Enforcement

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/08/28/opinion/getting-tough-on-dwi-means-enforcement.html

      Rarely does the Editorial Board focus in on just one case in what is a DUI epidemic - but our story was covered recently - take a look!

    14. Nikolewski: Repeat drunken drivers must be stopped

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Opinion/082612ROBcolumn

      While some New Mexico newspapers are not interested in covering our story, this reporter has stuck his neck out and been a real advocate for our cause!

    15. Mom pushing for tougher DUI laws after losing son in crash Fox21

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.coloradoconnection.com/news/story.aspx?id=794024#.UEAkSqMrOSo

      "A Colorado attorney said while each situation varies, he believes that Colorado is one of the tougher states when it comes to DUI laws."

    16. Mom pushing for tougher DUI laws after losing son in crash Fox21

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer
    17. Reached 2,500 signatures
    18. Justice For Dimitri - CNN Newsroom

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/20/justice-for-dimitri/#comment-148702

      Here is the link to the CNN interview covering our story. We had a 4 minute segment on CNN this morning with Brooke Baldwin. Thank you Brooke for keeping our story in the eyes of the nation and helping is spread awareness in a huge way.

    19. Reached 2,000 signatures
    20. Around New Mexico Anti-DWI Blitz Starts Today

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      Hi Everyone, I want to also share an article that was printed in the Albuquerque Journal that talks about the state’s effort to keep the DWI crashes low this summer. http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/08/17/news/around-new-mexico-183.html
      Thank you Anna Velasquez for helping keep this topic in the public eye and keep our petition (https://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-dimitri-stronger-dwi-laws ) something people can refer to and make a difference with. For anyone who hasn’t signed the petition please do so; every signature counts.

    21. Repeat DWI driver denied role in fatal

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      Hi Everyone, I want to share a recent TV segment about our situation (http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/repeat-dwi-driver-denied-role-in-fatal ). I also want to thank Alex Tomlin for her continued support as we raise awareness about the DWI laws in NM and our petition. She showed real fervor for our cause both over the phone and in her news report.

    22. Woman's heart-breaking loss goes viral

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      Hi Everyone, I want to share a recent TV segment about our situation (http://www.koat.com/news/new-mexico/albuquerque/Woman-s-heart-breaking-loss-goes-viral/-/9153728/16163350/-/item/0/-/13nuvvo/-/index.html). I also want to thank Anna Velasquez for her continued support as we raise awareness about the DWI laws in NM and our petition

    23. Reached 1,500 signatures
    24. Heartbreaking: After accident, California woman petitions to toughen NM’s

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      listen to what the governor has to say about our case and about the lax DWI laws

    25. Heartbreaking: After accident, California woman petitions to toughen NM’s d

      aileen smith
      Petition Organizer

      watch the video and hear what the governor has to say about justice for Dimitri

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • peter ybarra ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • 4 months ago

      cause we need stronger DWI laws

      & we need to stop DWI period

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    • BILL FONG PLANO, TX
      • 6 months ago

      Had one of my best buddies that got killed by a drunkdriver.

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    • Carmen Mosley ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • 8 months ago

      I am 6 months pregnant and I was just (within the last hour) nearly hit by a man who ran a red light. This is the third time that I have been nearly hit....just since I've been pregnant. I am sorry for your loss and I fully support your mission to strengthen DWI laws here in NM. Thank you for your courage.

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    • Teresa Ellis FARMINGTON, NM
      • 9 months ago

      We need to make sure people show responsiblity after they have had even one drink, there should always be a designated driver if others want to have any alcohol. Be Responsible, and keep others safe especially little ones that don't deserve being taken from their mothers.

      God Bless the Smith Family...

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    • Frank G. Fowlkes EL PASO, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      Because out of everything in this life that can't be prevented, DWI can be.

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