Mom Charged Under Leandra’s Law After Alleged DWI Crash Into Fuel Tanker

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Police say five homes in Roslyn, Long Island had to be evacuated after 30-year-old Nicole Lopez crashed into a fuel tanker on Monday.

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Police say she was driving drunk – her blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit – with her 5-year-old daughter in the car.

Police said the driver of the tanker was ejected and then the truck then hit a fence.

Fuel began leaking from the tanker and homes were evacuated because of a fear of fire.

“A lot of inconvenience. A lot of concern in the community. This woman drank significantly,” said Nassau County police Lt. Kevin Smith.

Smith said they found an empty bottle of wine in her car.

She has also been charged under Leandra’s Law for having her daughter in the vehicle.

The truck driver was not seriously hurt, and Lopez’s daughter was not harmed.

Do you like the idea of Leandra’s Law, which makes it a more serious crime to drive drunk with a child in the car? Please sound off below!

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  • Lieutenantdan

    We understand that she appears to be an alcoholic. I believe that she may not want her child either. I believe that she is incapable of raising a child.
    She should never again be allowed to be alone with a child ever again.

    • jimmy

      its deeper than that dan… some people have everything and just r clueless.. oneday maybe they will wake up… hopefully its not too late when they do… one should know who loves them but first and foremost they have to really know what love is…

  • quana

    A reality check for the wine-o drunks alchol is alchol doesnt matter if its brandy, jen, bacardi, or voka, wine has the same effects it not waterd-down or dummed-down espacially if you are drinking the whole bottle or two whole bottles the only dummies are the mother’s with their selfishness and stupidity they should be ashme of their selfs and if they have any children in the household should be taken away, while they rot in jail for at least two decade

    • Dirk

      …so poorly written, obviously a “planted” comment.

      • Haqeem

        …you HOPE!

  • Surfin Bird

    was the drive of the fuel tank checked for drugs and alcohol.

    It possible he cut her off

    • Jim

      Even if he did, so what? That doesn’t give her a right to drink and drive with child in the backseat (or just drive).

      • Surfin Bird

        jim he may have caused the crash.

    • Me

      Thank you!

  • Luz

    I am so glad Leandra’s Law is place….how can you drive drunk with your child in the car. Seriously…..what the helll was she thinking, but than again, she wasn’t. Drinking and Driving don’t mix…..when will people get that through their heads.

  • VY

    Send her to jail for a multi year term in a regular jail, not a halfway house. She should be someplace where she can not see her daughter for a few years (except regular prison visiting days). If that does not wake her up and she repeats a DWI when she comes out, triple the jail time on the second DWI with or without passengers in the car.

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