Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”
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My daughter Alecia M. Coglianese passed away at the age of 23. She was unlawfully delivered Fentanyl which resulted in her death on September 23,2015 . Her Family home of 24 years is Orland Park, Illinois. Alecia passed away in Pompano Beach, Florida. On Sept 22,2015, Alecia spent the day in the hospital with a tech from the rehab treatment center that she had been at for weeks. She had experienced medical complications and was scheduled to be transferred into a medically equip facility at 7:35 am via a short flight from Fort Lauderdale to Jacksonville. It was related that she’d be accompanied to the airport by a technician as she was given Morphine at the Hospital on Sept 22,2015. She was abandoned at the airport by the treating medical facility & as the sick morphine wore off she became quite sick. She was unlawfully delivered a lethal dose of Fentanyl at a gas station where she and the dealer drove to and are captured on video surveillance inside the gas station. The dealer/murderer watched as she entered her her pin # on her Illinois link card as he used her card for 4 months following her death. Video surveillance captured the dealer outside of the gas station while as my daughter remained in the bathroom for 2 hrs. The manager broke into the locked restroom and contacted paramedics. The dealer can then be seen on camera approaching my daughter and robbing her of her cell phone and wallet as he removed both from her lifeless hands.
No justice for my daughter Alecia as her murderer Traeviss Lamount Stevenson with a 70 page rap sheet walks away unscathed. A private investigator was hired. Broward County, Florida PD was assigned to my daughter’s case. Significant evidence was shared with the assigned Detective James Hayes. To date, there has been no criminal investigation in the unlawful delivery of Fentanyl that resulted in the death of my daughter.
For many years, law enforcement approached drug toxicity deaths as accidental. According to the NAAG, the focus of drug toxicity deaths has now broadened to also examine a death resulting from the unlawful delivery of a controlled substance as prosecutable homicides against those who sold and distributed the drugs causing the drug toxicity death except for the unsettling realization that these deaths continue to be classified as non-criminal and closed without any investigation.
According to the NAAG, a paradigm shift in thinking by law enforcement officers and prosecutors is required, away from attitudes focusing on accident to thinking and treating drug toxicity deaths as homicides.
While a handful of states have no statutory or case law basis for treating drug toxicity deaths as homicides, the majority already had or have adopted a wide variety of legal theories useful in addressing these cases. Two basic options highlight the differing approaches: use of the existing statutory structure, often referred to as the felony murder rule, and creation of a specific offense of death resulting from the distribution of controlled substances.
The Attorney Generals Office hosts a one-day course is entitled “Drug Overdose Death Investigation and Prosecution” and examines the myriad issues that surround the investigation and prosecution of death cases resulting from overdoses of heroin and fentanyl. The course is intended for assistant attorneys general, state and local law enforcement officers and local prosecutors. It is designed to be offered for a statewide audience at a central location.
Every drug toxicity death warrants a criminal investigation. daughter is a victim that warrants some the measure of justice.
When bad things happen to good people, they grieve & they suffer. Then they resolve not to allow it to happen to someone else. Not so it can help justify the pain, suffering or loss that has struck their family but so no one else has to feel the pain they have felt.
Kim Novak, Grieving Mom
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