Will you take up the fight by joining us at Walk Like MADD?
WALK LIKE MADD is your chance to do something about drunk driving in our community. This year, thousands of people in over 60 cities around the nation will participate in 5k events to eliminate drunk driving from our roadways.
You can help MADD eliminate drunk driving by signing up for a Walk Like MADD event near you as a walker, team captain, or volunteer. You can even be involved without attending the event by signing up as a virtual walker or making a donation to another walker or team.
Rilla Dath - Co-Chair, Branford Walk Committee
Dennis Powers Sr. - Co-Chair, Branford Walk Committee
On December 18, 2013, Deanne was returning from volunteering at a Christmas concert at the school where she teaches art. She was stopped at a stop sign when she heard the loudest sound she had ever heard and later woke up on the opposite side of the road. Deanne was hit from behind by a drunk driver leaving a Christmas party; he was on the way to pick up his children. The driver hit her car with such force that her Jeep Grand Cherokee spun around three times and snapped in half from underneath.
As a result of the crash, Deanne was diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury. Her hearing was impacted to the point where she needed to be fit with hearing aids in both ears, and she suffers from severe tinnitus due to nerve damage. She has lost 85% of her field of vision and most of her peripheral vision and suffers from double vision. Deanne is now light sensitive and battles severe migraines on a daily basis, and her short term memory has been affected.
The driver in Deanne’s crash was given two years of probation and ordered to pay restitution. He only paid one quarter of the damages, and his probation has already ended. His life goes on unscathed, while Deanne continues to face difficulties daily due to the injuries she sustained by the drunk driver.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Connecticut is honored to dedicate the 2017 Branford Walk Like MADD to Deanne Negri and asks that you join the Negri family in creating a future of No More Victims.