To honor the daughter he lost, Lenny Rosado is meeting with New York City officials to try to toughen DWI penalties and create a law in remembrance of Leandra. "She always wanted to be by my side. Wherever I went, she questioned me as to where I was going. She wanted to go," he says. "She could not stand bullies, anyone bullying her friends. She was always there like she was their protector."
Listening to Kayla talk about that night isn't easy for Lenny. "I've had other days it was running through my mind, what these girls were going through when that car was flipping over and thinking about what my daughter was saying," he says. "Was she crying out for Daddy? It's hard. It's hard to listen to it. And I know it plays over in my mind every single day."
Lenny wants to make sure no parent ever has to experience the loss of a child to such a senseless tragedy. "Teach your kids. If they know they're getting into a vehicle and they notice that the person is drunk to not get in the car—or if they're already in the car, step out," he says. "Get out of the car. Scream. Tell somebody, 'I don't want to get in the car.'"
Lenny also encourages parents to give cell phones to their children. "Empower them," he says. "It will save lives."