News 12 Exclusive: Grieving mother speaks ahead of expected signing of 'Angelica’s Law'

Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected to sign “Angelica’s Law” on Tuesday.

Kevin Vesey

Dec 12, 2023, 3:18 AM

Updated 185 days ago

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Dawn Nappi has been on a nearly 16-year journey to make our roadways safer in memory of her daughter. On Tuesday, she expects to see that dream fulfilled.
Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected to sign “Angelica’s Law” on Tuesday. The bill was written in honor of 14-year-old Angelica Nappi, who died following a tragic crash in Medford in 2008.
The driver who struck the car Angelica was riding in had seven license suspensions. Angelica’s law would make it a felony if someone is caught driving with five or more license suspensions. The current threshold is 10 suspensions, and the crime is a misdemeanor.
The bill has already been passed by the state Assembly and the state Senate. Angelica’s mother, Dawn Nappi, says this will mark the end of a long and difficult road.
Nappi says, “It was a promise that I made to my daughter when she was still on life support that I would do whatever I could to prevent other families from having to go through a tragedy such as this.”


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