The mission of The Toni Donato-Bolis and Baby RJ 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 awards scholarships to students and
donates it’s time and funds to other families in need who suffer from tragic losses
that parallel Toni and RJ’s loss of life. We are an official 501c3 Nonprofit organization.
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: