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Yonkers Woman Traveling 96 MPH On I-87 Charged With Leandra's Law DWI

Veronica Montalvo of Yonkers was charged with driving drunk with her 11-year-old child in the car.
Veronica Montalvo of Yonkers was charged with driving drunk with her 11-year-old child in the car. Photo Credit: New York State Police

A Westchester woman driving drunk at speeds up to 96 mph on Interstate 87 was charged under Leandra's Law for having her 11-year-old child in the car with her on Saturday, Aug. 28, according to state police.

Veronica Montalvo, 42, of Yonkers was stopped by state police after they spotted her flying down the interstate. A blood test following the stop, showed she was driving with a blood alcohol limit over twice the legal limit at 0.18 percent, police said.

Montalvo was charged with driving while intoxicated with a child, endangering the welfare of a child, and speeding.

She was arraigned before the Town of South Nyack Court and released on her own recognizance. Her child was turned over to a responsible party.

Leandra's Law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed on the Henry Hudson Parkway in 2009 while traveling in a van that flipped when the driver, a family friend, was under the influence of alcohol.

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