MARINE AND DAUGHTER RECOVERING FROM DUI CRASH THAT KILLED WOMAN

MARINE AND DAUGHTER RECOVERING FROM DUI CRASH THAT KILLED WOMAN

More than two weeks after a Joshua Tree crash that killed the wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine, her husband and baby are slowly starting to recover from their life-threatening injuries. Lance Corporal Christopher Matthews, 28, is now in a wheelchair, and his 1-year-old daughter, Dakota, has regained consciousness at Loma Linda Hospital. Matthews has started physical therapy and is expected to make a full recovery. His daughter is being weaned off a ventilator. Doctors initially believed Dakota may have been paralyzed, and also feared that she may lose an eye, but she recently showed movement in her legs—but not her arms—and her eyesight seems good. Matthews’ wife, Angela, 25, died two days after the April 13 crash in which Jennifer Zapata, 22, of Magna, Utah, crossed the center line of Highway 62 near Arizona Avenue and collided head on with the Matthews’ car. Both Zapata and her passenger, Evelyn Martinez, 20, also of Utah, were hospitalized. Jennifer Zapata has pleaded not guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and numerous charges of felony DUI. If convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, Zapata faces four to 10 years in prison. The Matthews family has set up a fundraising site to help relatives from Georgia travel to California to be with the injured family, which can be found with this story at Z1077fm.com
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4 comments to MARINE AND DAUGHTER RECOVERING FROM DUI CRASH THAT KILLED WOMAN

  • ann smith

    they need to up the sentences for DUI offenders. she should get 10 to 20 years and just plead guilty!

  • Jack

    How many years did the King-of-the-Hammers racer get for killing 3 teenagers while drunk driving? 4 years on a Pleas deal for Charles Wayne Persons. Just doesnt seem long enough.

  • A ortiz

    Sorry to matthew family and to jennifer family to such a shock to heae jenife involded in something like this I still cant believe it she such a good hearted sweet person everyone involved is truly a victim

  • b campagna

    I am trying to figure out, how this is a tragedy for everyone involved? She chose to get in her car after drinking and driving, which is illegal! I don’t see how that makes her victim. Should she be found guilty and serve any of the 4 to 10 years, which supposedly is what the law states for her charge comment I can assure you my step nephew would love to have half of those years back with his wife and his daughter with the way she was before the accident!! Its 2014 and all the education and research on drinking and driving is not impacting enough people! The tragedy is a mother is gone, never to see her precious daughter grow up, never to grow old with the man she loved, never to be a grandmother. the tragedy is a little girl that was healthy and her world have changed changed, never to have her mama to comfort her. The tragedy if I die young man just starting his family, lost his wife and is now having to raise his daughter without her mama and the wife he so much loved. Wake up people, making stupid decisions does not make your consequences tragic for you when it involves others!

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