DWI Homicide

Now the parents of Katie Flynn--who lost their daughter to a drunk driver in a terrible crash two years ago--are speaking out powerfully for tougher laws to punish drunk drivers who kill.

"Everyday we try to learn this new life with Kate in heaven and us trying to learn to live with out her," said Jennifer Flynn.

At a press conference, Neil and Jennifer Flynn joined to support legislation introduced by State Senator Charles Fuschillo of Merrick. The bill was endorsed by Nassau DA Kathleen Rice, who won a controversial DWI murder verdict against Martin Heidgen in the deadly crash.

The Flynn's seven-year-old daughter Katie and limo driver Stanley Rabinowitz were killed when Heidgen's vehicle struck their limousine on the Meadowbrook Parkway.

Fuschillo's bill creates a felony charge of aggravated vehicular homicide. In DWI fatalities, the charge would be prosecuted against drunk drivers who have a prior DWI conviction, or are driving with a suspended license.

Recently, Fuschillo's bill won unanimous approval in the State Senate. Now, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg of Long Beach is energetically pressing for passage of his version of the bill in the Assembly.

All this killing by drunk drivers has to end.