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Letter: After one DWI, why was man driving?

Police say Karen Holden, a registered nurse, died

Police say Karen Holden, a registered nurse, died when Ryan Gurecki, 34, rear-ended her car at a red light on Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station on June 26. Credit: News 12

Nurse, wife, mother, sister and decent citizen Karen Holden of Huntington Station is dead both because a driver alleged to have been drunk killed her, and because our society accepts drunken driving [“Crash kills nurse,” News, June 28].

Our court system, in effect, accepted it in 2006 when suspect Ryan Gurecki’s guilty plea to driving while intoxicated was judged a mere misdemeanor in Quogue Village Court, and he was fined $700 and given three years of probation. He didn’t pay with his car, his license or his freedom, and I don’t consider the probation any kind of punishment for that crime.

Richard Siegelman, Plainview


Reading about another senseless death involving a drunken driving charge, that of Karen Holden, brings to mind the terrorism we on Long Island face every time we drive. Virtually every week, we read and hear about drunken drivers who terrorize our roads, snuffing out innocent lives and ruining families forever.

Why aren’t our elected officials passing legislation to keep these vehicular terrorists off our roads for good? The alleged killer in this case had already pleaded guilty to DWI.

When is enough going to be enough?

Claude Kasman, Nesconset


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