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Drivers with lifetime DUI suspensions get new licenses

Concern over state issuing new driver's licenses (Source: WOIO) Concern over state issuing new driver's licenses (Source: WOIO)
Cindy Kurpely is the victim of a drunk driver. In 1992, she and her mother were run down. Her mother was killed. All Cindy has now are
old pictures and memories of mom.

The driver, John Majka, went to prison for eight years and lost his license for life.

That's the problem: when he got out, Majka simply applied for a new license and got one, a fact that upsets Cindy.

"That tells me that there's something wrong in our system whether it's in our state level or otherwise where this information isn't getting to the state and these licenses aren't being pulled for life," said Cindy.

Cindy has had 13 surgeries to repair the damage she suffered in the crash, and for years she has lived in pain using a cane.

But something else hurt her even worse. 

In 2005, she picked up up the newspaper and saw that Majka had gotten another DUI.

"I saw his name and I says there's no way this could happen," said Cindy.

It did happen.

Turns out, Majka simply applied for a new license and wrote on the application that he had not been suspended. It was that simple.

It took Cindy a year and a letter writing campaign to get something done.

Majka was jailed for six months but got out every day for work.

Reporter Paul Orlousky had no luck in his efforts to ask Majka about his scheme.

The case is similar to that of Jerry Owca, who's license was suspended for life after his drunk driving killed three people.

Owca also now has a valid license and several more DUI's.

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