A fleeing drunk driver almost killed her. But Roselyn "Roz" Cappiello survived to spend two decades showing thousands of people how drinking and driving can damage or destroy lives. Roz died late last week at the age of 59.
Her husband Mike Cappiello told Channel Six news that Roz suddenly became ill and had to be hospitalized before passing away.
The crash in October 1990 confined her to a wheelchair. Still with husband Mike at her side, Roz traveled across the heartland speaking to groups of drivers who had been arrested for DUI to show and tell them how drunk driving impacts others. Mike said he remembers how his wife helped convince Omaha to buy helicopters in an effort to reduce police chases.
On October 3rd 1990 a fleeing suspected drunk driver named Lee Eddie Collins slammed into Roz's car. He's served prison time for that crash and other drunk driving convictions.
Roz Cappiello spent many years as the face and voice of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in the Omaha metro area before moving on to establish her own victims program.