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DPS Highlights: Families of Drunk Driving Victims Speak Up about Sober Rides

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Unwrapped gifts for the holidays. An empty chair left for a loved one missing from the family dinner table. These are the realities for families who have lost a loved one to drunk driving. To stress the importance of lining up a sober ride, Hitesh Patel and Sgt. Catherine Michal joined the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety to kick off the holiday extra DWI enforcement campaign beginning Nov. 22 and running on weekends through Dec. 30. Hitesh lost his niece, Ria, who was the passenger in a single vehicle fatal crash in September. According to the criminal complaint, the suspect admitted to drinking before driving and a witness described the driver as “super drunk.” In 2006, Sgt. Michal’s daughter, Deanna, was killed by a drunk driver. She was just 16-years-old. For both families, the holidays will never be the same. Sgt. Michal and Hitesh spoke out on how their families have forever changed because of someone else’s poor decision.
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MrLunithy (1 year ago)
How about you guys plan to get OUT of the CAR! before shooting people ........Ms Damond, 40, was shot and killed by Somali-American officer Mohammed Noor in July after calling police to report what she thought was a sexual assault in the lane outside her home. Why was Justine shot dead? Justine Damond Ruszczyk was shot dead by a police officer while unarmed and wearing her pyjamas. Her loved ones open up for the first time about their determination to seek justice. The shooting was condemned around the world and led to the resignation of the city's police chief.Authorities are currently deciding whether or not to lay charges against officer Mr Noor.Earlier this month, Ms Damond's family criticised the investigation into her death."We are deeply concerned that the initial investigation was not done properly and with the greatest of integrity and sense of completeness," her father John Ruszczyk said.

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