ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — This is the 2016 crash that changed Niko DiNovo’s family forever.
“One night, one poor decision, and 508 days of gruesome recovery that ended a child’s life,” said Michael DiNovo, Niko’s brother.
The driver of the car Niko was a passenger in was under the influence when it crashed into a tavern and burst into flames. Last year, Niko succumbed to his injuries resulting from the crash and suffering through 29 surgeries.
“Third-degree burns on 95 percent of your body,” Michael DiNovo said. “He was just a warrior and he battled so much adversity.”
Now Niko’s family is supporting the state’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. During last year’s campaign, nearly 4,000 tickets were issued for impaired driving.
“Niko’s story clearly shows why the enforcement and education campaign is so very important,” said Mark Schroeder, DMV Commissioner and GTSC Chair.
With ride-share services like Uber and Lyft, Niko’s brother says there’s no excuse.
“You’d rather spend the couple dollars than lose your life for it, or jump in the car with someone who has been drinking,” DiNovo said.