Memorial for teen struck, killed in alleged DUI

August 4, 2012 3:20:59 PM PDT
It was a day of profound sorrow in Cape May County as family and friends gathered to remember one of two teen girls struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver.

The memorial for 15-year-old Nioami Lazicki-Gaston was held at the Radzieta Funeral Home in Cape May Court House on Saturday.

Nioami and her 13-year-old cousin, Ashley Dauber, were run down on the side of Bayshore Road in Middle Township on Tuesday night.

A memorial for Ashley will be held on Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Nioami's 14-year-old sister, Farrahanne, was with the two victims at the time of the crash but wasn't physically injured.

Joshua Malmgren, 31, is charged with two counts of 1st degree aggravated manslaughter and driving under the influence.

He faces up to 30-years behind bars if convicted.

Prosecutors said they are seeking a higher bail and said they are in the process of upgrading the charges, possibly to first-degree aggravated manslaughter.

Action News spoke to Nioami's parents earlier this week.

"She got out of the way but, by the time she screamed out up ahead, this monster was already on top of them," said Nioami and Farrahanne's father, Bill.

Nioami called her mom at 9:10 p.m. to tell her they were on their way home. Then Farrahanne called eight minutes later to say there had been an accident.

"And then my other daughter called me at 9:18 to say they both got hit by a car," said their mother, Christina Lazicki-Gaston.

"That was the worst call a parent can ever get is that their children are lying dead."

Nioami and Farrahanne lived near the accident scene. Ashley had been visiting from Northeast Philadelphia.


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