Powerful message from victim of drunken driver

May 22, 2019 01:30 PM

LATHAM – Sandy LaPlante's told her story before, but there's always a new element. She stood on crutches next to the podium at New York State Police Troop G Headquarters just a couple of weeks removed from another surgery. She had been to Boston where doctors tried to treat her phantom pains in her right leg. She lost her left one five years ago when thrown from the back of a motorcycle. The bike was hit by an SUV.

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"Pins and needles, it's on fire, it's razor blades," is how LaPlante describes her ongoing pain. "And the worst it gets it's all of those, it's feeling like someone has it in a vice and they're just cranking and cranking and cranking and cranking and it just doesn't go away."

The driver is spending two and a third to seven years in prison. LaPlante says she and her family have been successful three times to keep Robert Dunn behind bars when he was up for parole.

"He's always been into drugs, alcohol and why me?" LaPlante asks. "Why the good person is the one that's suffering?"

So as New Yorkers prepare to mark Memorial Day Weekend, Troop G reminded drivers of the STOP-DWI enforcement period from Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27.

Due to the severity of her injuries, LaPlante had to have her leg amputated. Her longtime boyfriend Daniel Golas, who was operating the motorcycle at the time of the accident, also suffered extensive injuries.

"Make the right choice," said Troop G Commander Robert Patnaude. "Make a plan. If you're out celebrating this weekend, designate a driver…You can't just pray that God will intercede. He won't. Take action. Call 911. Take the person's keys.


WNYT Staff

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