This is the story of a woman in Illinois who laughed after she killed two people during a DUI accident. Please read this article for further information and stay tuned to our blog for more insight. Stephanie Melgoza of Illinois was sentenced on April 27, 2023 to 14 years’ imprisonment for her role in a DUI accident that resulted in the deaths of two people. Melgoza, after a night out drinking, was driving three times the legal speed limit on April 10, 2022. Stephanie hit two pedestrians, Andrea Rosewicz, 43, and Paul Prowant 55, as they crossed a street. In the footage, officers tell a visibly drunken Stephania Melgoza the two victims have died. Melgoza laughed when she heard this news, much to officers’ shock and disgust. In connection with the incident, she was convicted of aggravated DUI as well as aggravated recklessness.
Stephanie Melgoza Crime Scene Photos
A community has responded to allegations made against Stephanie Melgoza. The chronicle-telegram claimed that Stephanie Melgoza, at the time of her crash, was a senior Bradley University student in East Peoria. She was drunk when she hit the victims at approximately 10:15 am on April 10, 2022. Central Illinois Proud reported on Melgoza being found with a small bag containing marijuana, a pipe and an opened bottle of Tito’s vodka.
Stephanie Melgoza Arrested for causing the death of 2 people in a DUI accident
An officer who responded to the call said that he also smelled alcohol on Melgoza. Students at Bradley University held a memorial service for Andrea Rosewicz, who was killed in the accident. Students protested after they learned that Stephanie Melgoza could still attend her graduation ceremony, despite the charges against her. Later, it was revealed that Stephanie Melgoza had been blacklisted for the graduation ceremony despite being allowed to accept her degree.
Kevin Sullivan, Melgoza’s lawyer, said in response to the incident that his client felt remorse and wanted to raise awareness of the dangers associated with drunk driving. Judge Tim Cusack said that in order to avoid future accidents, drunk drivers should face harsh penalties. Cusack stated that the system relies on both punishment and rehabilitation, and that it is his responsibility to strike a balance between them. Families of both victims wanted Stephanie Melgoza served a maximum of 28 years. The families of the victims said that Melgoza, the drunk driver convicted in the case, chose to drink and drive that night despite knowing the risks. Melgoza must serve approximately 85% of the sentence, since she was given credit for two days in custody and home confinement.