Two Year Old Child Orphaned by Drunk Driver

by Verna Singh

Heather and Oscar

Heather and Oscar

On 2/10/06 at 6:50 pm, life as I knew it, stopped. My life was changed forever. My daughter Heather Nichole Clapper along with her boyfriend Oscar Hernandez Leon were killed in a horrible car crash.

Oscar was driving their Honda Paseo west on 116, Heather was in the front passenger seat, mya was on the passenger side in the backseat. They were heading home, when a eastbound Acura TL, crossed the center line, hitting their car head-on. Heather and Oscar's car then flipped on its roof and skidded into a near-by driveway. Oscar and Heather were killed on impact and pronounced dead at the scene, while the sole occupant of the acura, walked away with minor injuries.

When the man who lived in the house, heard the crash, he ran outside to see the car upside down in his driveway. He checked Heather and Oscar first, but seeing there was nothing he could do for them, he headed towards the other car. That’s when he heard the soft cry of a child come from the car he had just checked. Running back and bending down for a closer look, he found little Mya. Underneath her moms seat, covered in blood. Mya survived, she was air-lifted to Hershey Medical Center where she was listed in critical condition. There she remained until the eve of her mommy and daddy’s viewing.

It was found that the 44 year old man driving the other car had a alcohol level of 0.114. He was charged with DUI, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, reckless endangerment, and driving with suspended license.

He is now serving six years in state prison and will serve another three on probation. The district attorney offered him this plea bargain, considering he said the man had no priors. Funny how little life is worth. My daughter Heather was four months pregnant and only eighteen years old, Oscar was twenty two. They left behind a two year old daughter who for months, screamed for her mommy and daddy. She begged me to take her to heaven to see them. Being only two she can't understand death. Hopefully one day people will see drinking and driving for what it is, a "choice" not a "accident". A choice that kills innocent people every day.

Verna Singh

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Feb 06, 2015
Im so sorry
by: Dana Kistner

Thank God she has you.

Oct 14, 2013
To the haters
by: Sister of Heather

It dont matter how old Heather was when she and Oscar had Little Mya.And it dont make my mother a bad mother for having a child that had a baby at a young age just like its none of your buisness to be putting my mother down when she just lost a child ur nothing but a sicko that needs help..And just to let you know Heather and Oscar would of died any way even if they had there seatbelts on and if Mya would of been in her car seat she would of died the only thing that safed her life was that she went under Heathers seat and her seat went over Mya and saved her..Maybe you should read up on the story before you start thinking that you know what your talking about..Love you mom and u know that your the best mom ever dont let random people say things to hurt u.Ur the best mom that any one could ever ask for and i love you and so dose all sixs of your kids

Dec 06, 2012
cowards
by: brian cope sr

THESE KIND OF SITES ARE FOR PEOPLE TO LET THEIR FEELINGS OUT AN TO FEEL THERE HELPING,WHY ALL THE ANNOYOMUSS STUFF.SIGN YOYOUR NAME OUT LOUD AN SPEAK,DON;T HIDE BEHIND THE LITTLE BLACK AN WHITE WALLS.SORRY FOR ALL ,WE ALLLLL HAVE STORIES ,ALL OF MY FREINDS AN FAMILY DIED IN DDA'S AN WARS,HOW DO YOUS FEEL NOW!I WALK WITH PTSD 24 7 60 SECONDS EVERY MINUTE 60 MINUTES EVERY HOUR EVERY HOUR EVERY DAY ,OH THATS RIGHT I SAID THAT ALLREADY,WERE ALL DEAD WHO SUFFERS,AN I STILL WAN'T TO GET THE BASTARD THAT MADE MY LIFE HELL AN MY FAMILYS ,WHEN THIS LAWSUITE OVER WE WILL GET THE PRICKS.MAD ,YOUS HAVE NO FUCKING IDEA!!!!

Nov 14, 2012
Title
by: Anonymous

So Heather had her first child at 16? What kind of irresponsible mother allows her teen to have a child at this age? That's why there's something called birth control.

Jun 23, 2011
I MISS YOU
by: Anonymous

OSCAR HERNANDEZ I PRAY FOR YOU EVERYDAY. YOU WERE A GOOD COUSIN AND A GOOD FRIEND. :(

Nov 27, 2010
TO ANONYMOUS
by: Heathers mother always and forever

Why did you sign Anonymous. Let me let you in on a secret sicko, my daughter and her boyfriend would have died with or without a seatbelt. The moter of the car came in on them. As for why Mya was not in a seat belt, I can't answer that. My daughter always kept her in a car seat but on that night it was not in the car. And isn't it very sad that you never mentioned the drunk driver maybe because you are so hell bent on hurting the family. I feel very sorry for you and hope you never lose a child.

Nov 26, 2010
Well...
by: Anonymous

Sad, sad story. Whats even more sad, however, is that they possibly could have survived had they been wearing seatbelts. Also sad is that you daughter and her baby daddy/child molester (he did get her pregnant when she was 15 and he was 19) didn't care enough about their daughter to put her in a car seat. I think your daughter and her boyfriend should be charged post-humously with child abuse for not putting the baby in a carseat.

Nov 15, 2009
Chills
by: Anonymous

I got chills from reading this story; I am a mother of two and hope I am never ripped away from my children, especially in this way. I am giving a speech to college students this week on the effects of drinking and driving. I plan to share your story with them, and hope that this young family?s story will be heard and spread throughout my community to help prevent this from ever happening again. God bless your family, and my prayers will be with you, your,and especially with little Mya.

Apr 17, 2009
I agree
by: Bernice

I'm very sorry about your lost. I truly agree with you. I don't think they should get such a light sentence because they were intoxicated. People get a heavier sentence for fighting dogs. I'm tired of people making excuses for irresponsible individuals. You drink and drive deal with the real consequences. They are stealing lives because of their stupidity. I am disgusted by that. Again, I am deeply sorrowed by your lost and my prayers will be with you and your family.

Feb 15, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
by: Kaity

Your daughter and her boyfriend did not "lose their lives", they had them stolen by a thoughtless and careless individual, who cared more about having a good time than he did about human life. Personally, I do not understand why drunk drivers get such light sentences. Serial killers get life sentences for muder. If you kill someone becuz you were driving drunk, you have murdered, and should receive the same as any murderer, and I DO NOT CARE how much remorse the drunk driver shows. May God bless you and your family, and be with you in your time of need. Seek him through salvation thru Christ.

Jan 06, 2008
I'm so sorry
by: Beth

this story really touched me, I lost my 18 year old brother. I'm so sorry for your loss and your grand daughters. I can't believe that he only got 6 years.

Oct 29, 2007
tragity
by: Anonymous

That is terrible is a=oscar related to tyler hernendez

Oct 25, 2007
Lost my brother also to a 4 time duii losser 2006
by: lorri standley

I am so very sorry for the thieft of your daughter ans son in law. my brothers life was cut short after a 4 time losser killed him. I would like to offer you a email address to go to to maybe buy a magnetic sigh for your car, it reads, MY DAUGHTER WAS KILLED BY A DRUNK DRIVER! mY MIDDLE BROTHER DANNY CAME UP WITH THIS IDEA AFTER THE THEIFT OF OUR BROTHER. we all (my) family and lots of friends have them on our car. They are made to say father, mother, son, daughter,friend,sister,uncle aunt, etc. my brothers email is realitycheck@glidecable.com
my brothers name is Dan phone# (541) 784-8135
Dan West
p.o.box 268
Glide, or. 97443 Dan's Reality Check
DRUNK DRIVER, VICTIM'S MEMORIAL MAGNETIC SIGNS.
iT IS A WONDERFUL WAY TO KEEP THE WORD ON THE STREETS AND THATS WERE WE NEED TO KEEP IT. Again I am so very sorry to hear about your daughter..My name is Lorri standley my story is on the memorial page....

Oct 01, 2007
Wow
by: Anonymous

O my goodness. This story is heart breaking. And also poor girl. I cried. And also I am doing a report for school about drunk driving laws. I am all for it.

Sep 17, 2007
submit
by: Anonymous

This was a very heartbreaking story. Being a mother of a child around the age of mya it just breaks my heart to think that a child should have to endure what happened. My heart goes out for the family. It is really said that this sick man wasn't charged with more. He didn't just kill one person but three. Six years is a little light in my eyes.
This happens a lot in court I think. I wonder what would happen if it was the district attorney's family or the acting judge's family that was killed. I can bet the sentencing would be a hell of a lot longer

Sep 08, 2007
Alcohol-related deaths are not accidental crashes, but pre-meditated murder
by: Anonymous

I agree with your bottom line - drunk driving and drinking while driving is a choice - not an accident. Furthermore, it is pre-meditated.

Aug 30, 2007
Saying a prayer for you.
by: Chris

I am so very sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the pain you must feel to this day.

I pray that you and your grand daughter find peace and healing in the precious blood of Jesus our savior.

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