The mission of this foundation is to educate drivers on the dangers of driving distracted
through publically sharing Toni and RJ’s story in schools and other public forums. The
organization will award scholarships to students and donate it’s time and funds to other
families in need who suffer from tragic losses that parallel Toni and RJ’s loss of life.
Additionally, along with the commitment to promote safe driving the foundation partnered
with legislators in New Jersey to put the Kulesh, Kubert and Bolis’ law in place that makes
it easier for prosecutors to get convictions for vehicular homicide or assault by auto against
a person who illegally uses a cell phone while driving and, as a result, kills or injures someone.
Toni Donato-Bolis was due to deliver her second child in two days when driving home from a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, her car was hit head-on at Pitman-Downer Road in Sewell, NJ about a mile from her home. The other driver, after missing two cars swerved into her lane when he was distracted.
At 8:23 p.m., Toni’s mother, Mary, and sisters, Annette and Angela, rushed to the scene; first to arrive before police or paramedics. When approaching Toni’s car, finding the driver’s side door completely smashed in, Toni was unconscious. Shortly after arriving at Kennedy Hospital, both Toni and her unborn 8 lbs. 2 ounces baby, a son, to be named Ryan Jeffrey (RJ) did not survive the crash. A year later the investigation is still ongoing; no charges have been filed as of this date.
The Toni Donato-Bolis and Baby RJ Foundation can be described as: