Drunk Driver Calls Himself A Monster For Killing 2 Teen Girls
The New Jersey man accepted to the victims’ family that he is a monster as 2 teenage girls died with his motor vehicle hours after consuming alcohol. He said in a teary statement that he hoped the girls knew the depth of his regret and sorrow for what he had done.
33-year-old Joshua Malmgren told the court at his sentencing on Friday, “I am a monster. I am so lost,” said by Press of Atlantic City. He was extremely intoxicated as he went to a liquor store 3 times to get alcohol.
The man is sentenced to 18 years in jail after hitting 13-year-old Ashley Dauber and her cousin 15-year-old Nioami Lazicki-Gaston as the two walked down a rural state roadway. The accident happened on 31st of July 2012 and both the victims died at the accident spot.
Malmgren pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated manslaughter and he showed his regret.
He added, “I am a monster. I am so lost. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t pray for the family to have strength. I pray every day before court that the family will have the strength to look at me because I’m in the same room as them”. He also said that he hopes his young victims “know the depth of my regret and sorrow”.
According to the authorities, Malmgren was diagnosed as bipolar and once required a police officer to intervene to stop a suicide attempt. He went to a liquor store 3 times on the day of the accident to buy beer and Sambuca. 2 friends had offered to drive Malmgren home but he refused.
A Newspaper report showed that he had a BAC level of 0.18 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit. The report also showed that the defendant was also texting prior to the accident.
The hearing was too much emotional as the family of the victims cried throughout the proceedings.
Nioami’s father Bill Gaston said, “Nioami was always more worried about others than herself. Sometimes, I swear I can hear her tell me it’s OK. The pain that rests in our hearts is just as heavy today”.
Ashley’s sister, Kaitlyn Dauber told Malmgren, “I won’t be able to hear her voice again. I won’t be able to do her hair on her wedding day. I miss her so much”.
News Source: NYDailyNews