BRIDGETTE HALE’S FAMILY TAKES SAFETY MESSAGE NATIONAL: NTSB ISSUES GUIDELINES TO REDUCE IMPAIRED DRIVING AFTER FATAL CRASH ON HWY 67
November 25, 2012 (Ramona) – “Since the State of California has ignored my requests and pleas for help in saving innocent lives from dying on California Highways, I took my fight to the federal level,” Ken Vanek, brother-in-law of Bridgette Hale, told East Couinty Magazine. Now the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on November 23 has issued new recommendations to reduce impaired driving.
Hale, a young mother from Ramona, lost her life in a head-on collision on Highway 67 in January 2010. California Highway Patrol did not order a blood test of the driver, John Holsheimer, although many witnesses reported he had been driving erratically before the crash. A hospital blood test reportedly showed he was under the influence of drugs, but evidence could not be presented in court because tests were not ordered by law enforcement.
John Holsheimer, convicted in fatal crash that killed Ramona mom Bridget Hale, among those arrested
By Miriam Raftery
March 20, 2012 (Las Vegas)-- Last week, federal authorities arrested 19 suspects in nine states as part of Operation "Open Market," an investigation into a transnational criminal organization operating mainly out of Las Vegas. According to a press release from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), crime ring's members bought and sold stolen personal and financial information online, then committed identity theft and counterfeit credit card trafficking.
One San Diegan was among those arrested: John Holsheimer, 53. He is charged with conspiracy, trafficking in and production of false identification documents--including the forged driver's license that he presented to California Highway Patrol the night he crashed head-on into Bridgette Hale of Ramona on Highway 67, killing the young mother.
MADD JOINS FAMILY'S EFFORT TO CHANGE LAW, REQUIRE DRUG-TESTING IN FATALITY ACCIDENTS
November 12, 2010 (El Cajon) – John Holsheimer has been sentenced to a maximum of 300 days in jail, five years probation, and 320 hours of community service for killing Bridgette Hale, mother of an infant son, in a head-on collision January 24th on Highway 67. Holsheimer must also undergo 90 days of drug rehab at his own expense, pay $4,700 in restitution costs to the court, and is prohibited from coming within 100 feet of a casino for the rest of his life.
BRIDGETTE’S LAW: FAMILY OF MOM KILLED ON HIGHWAY 67 WANTS LAW TO REQUIRE BLOOD DRAWS FROM DRIVERS WHO CAUSE FATALITIES
By Miriam Raftery
August 17, 2010 (Lakeside) – Bridgette Hale died in a head-on collision on Highway 67. Multiple witnesses called 911 to report a wrong-way driver weaving over the center line moments before he struck and killed Hale. The driver, John Holsheimer, was only charged with a misdemeanor, because California Highway Patrol did not order blood drawn to determine whether he may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Now Hale’s brother-in-law, Ken Vanek, is asking a local legislator to sponsor legislation to prevent impaired drivers from evading felony charges by requiring drug testing whenever a fatality crash occurs.
DRIVER WHO KILLED YOUNG MOTHER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MISDEMEANOR CHARGE; FAMILY UPSET THAT FELONY CHARGES WERE NOT FILED
Driver previously guilty of crossing double-yellow line, faced other charges in past, ECM investigation reveals
By Miriam Raftery
August 12, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- Bridgette Hale, a young Ramona mother with a nine-month-old infant, had high hopes for her future. She was engaged to be married. She had a new job, where she broke company records for sales calls in her first week, according to her family. But while driving to work January 26th, she was struck and killed on Highway 67 by a wrong-way driver. According to multiple witnesses, the driver, John Reinier Holsheimer, was weaving erratically and nearly hit several other vehicles before striking Hale’s car head-on.