josslyn dinoso-brooks, rialto california, june 29, 2008
by glenda brooks
My daughter josslyn was killed by a drunk driver when we were out for a Sunday morning/afternoon bikeride. Involved in the crash was myself josslyn age 23 months my son gavin age 11 monthsand their father. The 2 kids were strapped into the bike trailer attached to their fathers bike as I rode my bike behind them. All of a sudden I hear a loud crash from behind us. Thinking it was 2 cars in an accident I turned around to keep riding. Only to turn around again and see the silver H of the honda symbol about 10 feet behind me. That is all I remember. In the hospitals emergency room I was told that we were hit by a drunk driver that my son gavin was with me at that hospital and their dad was at another hospital with minor injuries but josslyn didn't make it. It turns out the guy was 3 times the legal limit and was going 72 mph when he hit us because he was running from a minor fender bender he had caused a few miles back. My son gavin spent a week in the hospital after receiving surgery to repair a fractured skull and to remove the peices that were putting pressure on his brain. I was in the hospital for 2 weeks withmultiple broken bones and internal injuries and major concussion. Unfortunately my daughter didn't make it to see her 2nd birthday on july 18. Instead of a party that day we had a funeral. To make matters worse and what is delayiing my grieving process is that 3 years later I am still going through court hearings and still waiting for him to be sentanced. Although everything was caught on the school districts surveylance camera he keeps changing public defenders and it keeps putting off the time. Anyways.....I am still sad and hurting and I wish that people would think about the pain that you put us through when u decide u are going to drive drunk and destroy someones family.