Badillo-Vasquez charged under Leandra’s Law

Brenda Badillo-Vasquez

GUILDERLAND — A New Hampshire woman, Brenda Badillo-Vasquez, was charged on June 30 under Leandra’s Law.

Adopted in 2009, the law is named for Leandra Rosada, who was 11 when she was killed in a car that flipped on the Henry Hudson Parkway in New York City; the car was driven by a friend of Leandra’s mother who was speeding and thought to be drunk at the time of the crash. The law makes it an automatic felony to drive drunk with a child, 15 or younger, in the car.

At about 10 p.m. on Friday, June 30, the Guilderland Police Department received a civilian complaint about an erratic operator, according to a release from the department. The police then found and stopped  Badillo-Vasquez’s car in front of 461 Route 146, Park Guilderland Apartments.

She had three children, ages 1, 7, and 10, in the car, the release says. Badillo-Vasquez, of 84 High St apartment 2 in Lisbon, New Hampshire, was charged with: three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor; driving while intoxicated; DWI with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent; and three counts of aggravated DWI, a felony.

Badillo-Vasquez was released on her own recognizance to be arraigned on July 13 at 5:30 p.m., in the Town of Guilderland Criminal Court.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer


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