Aguirre-Escobar has been working to change the laws that made it so easy for him to get behind the wheel. In August, he, Patty Julius, her daughter Lindsay and Jennifer Wilkinson and friends traveled together to Sacramento to learn more about Assembly Bill SB 806 proposed by Sen. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo. The bill on provisional licensing would have extended the current six-month prohibition on carrying other teens to one year. It failed to pass.
"Changing the provisional licensing ... is just a start," Aguirre-Escobar said. "What Patty and I really want is that first-time licensees, they need driver's training, no matter what the age."
Julius takes it a step further. "I'd also like to see drivers education available in high schools again," she said. "It's needed."
Not a day passes for Aguirre-Escobar without sober reminders of what happened and how it will effect so many people for the rest of their lives.
"My mother always used to say a little prayer before she started the car. Now she takes five minutes. Praying, praying, praying. And she won't let us turn on the radio in the car," he said. "I just sit there and wait. I understand why she prays. I really do."