'It's in her honor.' LI mother who lost daughter to unlicensed driver continues fight for safer roads

Antoinette Biordi and Stephen Levine

March 07, 2023

Originally published in News 12 Long Island on March 07, 2023.

A Long Island mother whose daughter was killed by an unlicensed driver could finally see a law passed that would raise the penalty for driving with a suspended license.

It's been 15 years since Dawn Nappi's daughter, Angelica Nappi, was killed in an accident by a driver whose license was suspended seven times.

Sen. Kevin Thomas reintroduced the bill last week in the Senate. He says it will now go to the Transportation Committee and he expects it will be sent to the floor of the Senate and Assembly for a vote by the end of the month.

"To all those mothers out there who had a loss because of these drivers, I am fighting for you, and I want to get this passed," Sen. Thomas says.

Nappi says she feels more confident that Angelica's Law will be passed now.

"Every day that I pursue this fight, it's in her honor and her memory because I want her life and death to always be remembered," Nappi says. "I don't want my daughter to have died in vain."