By James O’Rourke â€¢ firstname.lastname@example.org â€¢ May 26, 2010
SUFFERN â€” Team Paul began as an inside joke among members of the Maidman family, but Mark Maidman says the idea has evolved since his son’s death.
“Team Paul is reaching out to anybody who cares,” he said. “Whether it’s your own personal experience of tragedy or your interest in preventing future tragedies.”
Paul Maidman, a Suffern native and an Air Force veteran, died April 9 after a Jeep that police say was driven by 29-year-old Miranda Dalton crashed into his Buick on a Las Vegas street. He was 28.
He was working toward a master’s degree and was on his way to make copies for an online course when his car was struck shortly after 3 a.m.
Dalton, who police said had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit on the night of the crash, suffered minor injuries.
Dalton has been charged with drunken driving causing death, a felony, for her role in the crash, said Michael Sommermeyer, public information officer with the Clark County Court in Las Vegas.
Sommermeyer said Dalton waived her right to a preliminary hearing Monday and she is expected to enter a guilty plea in Las Vegas District Court on June 1.
“She’s facing eight to 20 years,” Mark Maidman, in Las Vegas on Monday for Dalton’s court appearance, said by telephone. “Is that ever going to be good enough? If she was sentenced to life? If she was sentenced to the death penalty? No. Because it’s never going to bring my son back.”
In the weeks after Paul Maidman’s death, the Maidmans took to the Internet with the aim of ensuring justice in the case, using Facebook and www.teampaul.org â€” a website created by Paul Maidman as a charity site that he had hoped to develop â€” to call for Dalton’s conviction.
But Mark Maidman said there was a much larger goal behind the Team Paul website and the Facebook page that had nearly 2,600 members Tuesday.