Here are the details discovered when a viral video shows the Illinois woman laughing after killing 2 people in a DUI crash. Please read the article for more and follow us for more details. An Illinois woman, Stephanie Melgoza, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Thursday, April 27, 2023, for her involvement in a DUI crash that left two people dead. The incident happened on April 10, 2022, Melgoza was three times over the speed limit after a night of drinking. Stephanie hit two people, identified as Andrea Rosewicz, 43, and Paul Prowant, 55, who were trying to cross the street. Footage of the incident shows officers telling Stephania Melgoza in a drunken state that the two victims were dead. Upon hearing this, Melgoza was seen smiling, causing the officers to react with shock and disgust. She was found guilty of aggravated DUI and more serious reckless driving in connection with the incident.
Image of the crime scene of Stephanie Melgoza
There is a community responding to allegations against Stephanie Melgoza claiming that the Chronicle-Telegram reported that at the time of the crash, Stephanie Melgoza was a senior at Bradley University in East Peoria. At about 10:15 p.m. on April 10, 2022, she was driving drunk along North Main Street when she hit two victims. Central Illinois Proud reported that while searching Melgoza’s car, authorities discovered a small bag of marijuana, a straw and an open bottle of Tito vodka.
Stephanie Melgoza arrested after killing 2 people in a DUI . crash
A response officer added that he could also smell alcohol on Melgoza. After news of the accident spread throughout Bradley University, students held a memorial service for Andrea Rosewicz and Paul Prowant. They organized a protest after learning that Stephanie Melgoza was still allowed to attend her graduation despite the allegations she faced. It was later revealed that although Stephanie Melgoza was allowed to receive her diploma, she was blacklisted from the ceremony.
Responding to the case, Melgoza’s lawyer Kevin Sullivan said his client regrets it and wants to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving. Judge Tim Cusack responded by saying that drunk drivers need to face harsh punishments to prevent future accidents. Cusack says the system is based on punishment and recovery and he has to balance them. The families of the two victims want Stephanie Melgoza to receive a maximum sentence of 28 years. They say the convicted drunk driver chose to drink and drive that night, despite being well aware of the risks this posed. Since Melgoza is credited for being under house arrest and being held for two days, she must serve about 85% of her sentence.
Andrea Rosewicz, 43, and Paul Prowant, 55, died in the crash