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Leandra's Law - Five years later

The tragedy caused by drunk drivingLeandra Rosado was an 11 year old girl who was killed on the West Side Highway in New York City on October 11, 2009. Leandra was a passenger along with six other young girls in a car driven by her friend's mother, Carmen Huertas. Ms. Huertas was driving at 70 mph and lost control of the vehicle. The car flipped over expelling several of the girls. Leandra was killed and the other six children were injured. Ms. Huertas had a blood alcohol level of .12 - well above the legal limit of .08. The state takes swift actionThe Child Passenger Protection Act known as Leandra's Law was unanimously passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Patterson on November 18, 2009 in the aftermath of the Leandra's tragic death. A new crime of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a child (Vehicle & Traffic Law 1192(2-a)(b) was enacted.