A young student organizer is killed by a drunk driver.
Angela Maher grew up in a close-knit family in Scottsdale, Arizona. On July 29, 1994, Angela was home from college to celebrate her mother’s birthday. At 10:00 PM she left the house to pick up a friend who needed a ride. Around the same time, 31-year-old Gloria Schulze was leaving a local bar. Moments later, the paths of these two strangers, Gloria Schulze and Angela Maher, would collide. Angela’s mother, Rose Marie Maher, was devastated when she received the news:
Angela had suffered massive blunt-force trauma to her head. By the time paramedics were able to cut her out of the car, it was too late. Gloria Schulze survived. Although she sustained a broken jaw, she was lucid enough to be questioned at the scene. Tests later revealed traces of marijuana in Schulze’s system and a blood alcohol content of point-one-five, nearly double the legal limit. The tragic irony of Angela’s death is that she was active in the crusade against drinking and driving. According to her brother, Donald, Angela helped establish a chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving:
On September 6, 1994, Gloria Schulze was arraigned on charges of manslaughter and reckless endangerment. Schulze was represented by a prominent attorney experienced in handling drunk driving cases. To the Mahers’ dismay, Gloria Schulze was released without being required to post bond. The judge, however, did stipulate that Schulze submit to drug testing three times a week and that she report to the court by phone once a week. It was the beginning of months of frustration for Angela’s family. Gloria Schulze’s attorney received six trial postponements. Schulze was also be permitted to leave the state on three separate occasions, despite the prosecutor’s objections.
Finally, more than a year after Angela Maher’s death, Gloria Schulze was offered a plea-bargain arrangement. If Schulze waived her right to a trial and pleaded guilty to the reckless endangerment and manslaughter charges, she would serve a reduced sentence. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for September 15, 1995, a day Rose Marie Maher will always remember:
Gloria Schulze is wanted on manslaughter charges in the death of Angela Maher. She is 5’5″ tall and, when last seen, weighed 115 pounds. She has red hair and green eyes.