Missing Moma

by Connie Little
(Bogalusa, La )

Joyce Munizza (1957-2010)

Joyce Munizza (1957-2010)

On July 30, 2010, my mom, Joyce Munizza, was on the way home from spending the day at the hospital with her sister, who is critically ill with cancer. She had just spoken to my step father just minutes before. She was only 18 miles from my home when a drunk driver, whose BAC was 3 times the legal limit, decided to get behind the wheel of his truck and speed down the rode. The state police estimated that he was going between 85-90 mph when he hit my mom's car. The police said that my mom received at hit of 145 mph. She was killed on impact. The other driver died shortly after the accident. My mom leaves behind a husband, 4 children, and 7 grandchildren, a mother, stepfather, and 8 siblings. My mom would have made 54 on April 13, 2011. She was a first responder with the local ambulance company. She was a well respected member of the community. The night of her wake the final count of vistors reach well over 500. There was standing room only at the funeral. She was given full honor at her funeral. I promised myself that I would do everything I could to prevent another family from going through the same thing I did. I now speak to students at the local high school during Prom week and hopefully if I can save one family the heartache it is worth it. I will never be able to bring my mom back but I know that she is looking down on me and smiling.

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Jul 13, 2011
Your Mother
by: Gail

I know you have heard this over and over again, but I am going to say it. I am so very sorry for your loss. Its never easy to loose anyone specially to a drunk driver. This all could have been preventable. I don't understand why this has happened to you and to all the other lives that was destroyed by a drunk driver. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
I am giving you a big hug right now. I know we are strangers, but I sense you need a hug. God Bless you.

Apr 26, 2011


Apr 26, 2011
to you
by: samantha

that is so sad i wish i could help you

Apr 13, 2011
by: Angels* ARE WATCHING

I Feel Really bad for you . I would go crazy if my mom died. Your mom must be proud of you and shes watching you for life.

Apr 13, 2011
by: Angels* ARE WATCHING

i feel so bad for you , i couldnt stand if my mom died i would go crazy if she did. you are doing good and your mom would've be proud of you.<3

Mar 17, 2011
You are doing the right thing!
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. I know how hard it is to lose someone so close and when it is 100% preventable, it makes it even harder. I lost my 13 year old daughter to a drunk driver on 12/16/08. The offender was driving down our residential street at 3:00 in the afternoon and hit her going between 65 and 75 mph. He his the school bus and then hit her. His bac was .19. I have also decided to deal with this by going out and talking. I speak to highschool groups, community groups and I also speak at Victim Impact Panels. If one person decides not to drink and drive then a life may be saved. God Bless you!

Mar 17, 2011
Deepest Sympathies
by: Debra DeFrain

Hi Connie:
My deepest sympathies to you and your family in the loss of your mom. She sounds like an amazing person from the story that you posted. I lost my 28 yr old son New Years of 2009 due to drunk driving. Unfortunately, he was the drunk driver that night. I think it is inspiring that you now speak on behalf of your mom to Hgh School students. And no, it won't bring your mom back but I understand your need to convey the devastation caused to you and your family by a drunk driver. Maybe, just maybe, your speaking out to young people will save a life. Take care of yourself and your family.

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