SAN DIEGO - Jane Hajosy stood in a hallway outside a courtroom in downtown San Diego, fighting back tears after the arraignment for the man who is charged in her son’s death.
“I'm the mother of John Mathew Hajosy who was killed Saturday night by a drunk driver, driving the wrong way on the freeway.”
The two cars were demolished in a head-on collision on state route 94 near Encanto. Nicholas Gervais is charged with four felony counts, including vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.
Deputy district attorney Lucy Yturralde told the court, “He blew a .23 and a .21 at 5 in the morning.”
That's triple the legal limit. The prosecutor also said a marijuana pipe and bowl were found in the wreckage of his car.
She said Gervais had been spotted by an El Cajon Police officer who tried to flag him down. “The officer attempted to warn the defendant, flashing his lights to get him to stop.”
Mrs Hajosy told reporters, “This is why we don't drink and drive. This is why you call a cab. You don't put families through this.”
She was supported by dozens of friends at court Wednesday. “I want the anger out of my heart. I want the driver to understand what he's done.”
Wearing a picture of her son, she told of young man whose life was on track. “He is an amazing man. He was studying to be a nurse and he found his true calling as a healer.”
Several mourners spoke of Matt's smile, including his friend, Nicole Pique. “The only sense you can make out of such a senseless tragedy is that we were granted this angel for this long in our life and God wanted his angel back.”
Bail for Gervais was set at a quarter of a million dollars.