Monique Dixon's son, Vasean Alleyne, 11, and Diana Reyes' son, Angel, 12, were struck by a van driven by Fresh Meadows repairman, John Wirta, as they were crossing a street in Flushing Oct. 22. The accident left Vasean dead and put Angel in a weeklong coma.The mothers left for Albany two days after the Queens district attorney announced in State Supreme Court Friday that their investigation of Wirta, 56, found no additional signs of negligence that would justify raising the charges from a DWI, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of only one year in jail.Dixon blamed the state Assembly, not the DA, for Wirta's light charges. "(Vasean's) life was worth nothing according to the laws of this state," she said at a news conference Sunday in Kew Garden Hills near where her son was killed. "I feel like New York has failed me."With more than 70 appointments lined up with Assembly members during their three-week trip upstate, Dixon and Reyes said they hoped to pressure the house and Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), in particular, to introduce a bill that would make all DWI offenses which caused death or injury to others a felony regardless of any additional traffic violations.Several Queens legislators support what has come to be called "Vasean's Law." "We need to stiffen DWI laws, therefore untying the hands of the DA," said Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D-Flushing), who joined Assembly members Nettie Mayersohn (D-Flushing), Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) and Mark Weprin (D-Little Neck) as well as state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) at the news conference
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