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Battaglia, Anthony Thomas

Male 1962 - 1992  (29 years)


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  • Name Battaglia, Anthony Thomas 
    Born 15 Dec 1962  Portsmouth, Portsmouth (independent city), Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Bef 1992 
    nuclear pipefitter 
    Died 24 Feb 1992  I64, Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary 25 Feb 1992  The Virginian-Pilot, 150 W Brambleton Ave, Norfolk, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • ANTHONY T. BATTAGLIA
      Virginian-Pilot, The (Norfolk, VA)
      February 25, 1992

      Anthony Thomas Battaglia, 29, of the 5400 block of Jo Ann Drive, a nuclear pipefitter, died Feb. 24, 1992, in Williamsburg.

      Mr. Battaglia was born in Portsmouth. He was employed with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

      Survivors include his mother, Joyce G. McLaughlin of Portsmouth; his father, Joseph T. Battaglia of Chesapeake; two sons, Joseph J. Battalgia and Christopher B. Battaglia, both of Portsmouth; a sister, Deanna Barrie of Portsmouth; and twobrothers, Dennis Compton of Tamassee, S.C., and Stephen Battaglia of Portsmouth.

      The funeral will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Biltmore Baptist Church by the Rev. T.M. Frye. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery. Friends may join the family from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today in Sturtevant Funeral Home, PortsmouthBoulevard Chapel.

      Memorial donations may be made to Portsmouth Christian Schools or Fellowship Baptist Church, Chesapeake.


      Edition: FINAL
      Section: LOCAL
      Page: D2
    Buried 26 Feb 1992  Olive Branch Cemetery, Clifford Street & City Park Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth (independent city), Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Event-Misc 11 Sep 1992  The Virginian-Pilot, 150 W Brambleton Ave, Norfolk, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Reference Number 182339 
    Person ID I182339  Goodwin
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2008 

    Mother Living 
    Family ID F71645  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Family ID F71643  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S2840] Page D2.

    2. [S2840] LIGHT SENTENCE FOR 3 DEATHS ANGERS MOMS \\ THE DRIVER AT FAULT IN A FATAL CRASH CAN BE FREE IN 3 1/2 YEARS.
      Virginian-Pilot, The (Norfolk, VA)
      September 11, 1992
      Author: Jon Frank, Staff writer

      Two grieving mothers reacted with outrage Thursday when they learned that a drunken driver who killed their daughters and a young man could be released from prison in less than four years.

      Faustino M. Torres, a 21-year-old Navy fire control technician assigned to the carrier Enterprise, was given the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge G. Duane Holloway on Thursday. Holloway then suspended nineyears of the sentence.

      Torres must serve about 3 1/2 years of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

      ``I think the sentence is absolutely ridiculous,'' said Newport News resident Joyce Baldwin, the 43-year-old mother of one of the victims, Lynette Carol Parks. ``He'll never serve 21 years in jail.''

      ``He only gives up his youth, not his entire life,'' added Baldwin's sister, Marjorie Rasmussen, 46, whose daughter Amie Lynn Rasmussen also was killed.

      Torres pleaded guilty in July to three counts of involuntary manslaughter for killing three Churchland residents in a head-on crash Feb. 24 on Interstate 64 near Williamsburg. Torres was legally drunk and driving east in the westboundlanes when the accident occurred. Witnesses estimated his speed at 85 mph.

      Killed in the crash were Parks, 18; Rasmussen, 21; and Anthony Thomas Battaglia, 29. The three lived in the Chruchland area of Portsmouth and Chesapeake. The women were friends of Battaglia's.

      The mothers had expected to read a statement at the sentencing of how the deaths of their daughters traumatized their families. But Holloway denied the request, saying the court is required to sentence ``without prejudice, without emotionand without passion.''

      Torres testified that he suffered head injuries, a broken pelvis, arm injuries and has a permanently disabled left wrist from the accident. He said he remembered nothing about the accident.

      Torres said he had spent the day of Feb. 23 playing volleyball with friends in Virginia Beach, where he drank a wine cooler, then returned in the evening to his Hampton apartment, where he drank ``five or six beers'' before going to bed.

      He said he was suffering from a lingering cold and also took several over-the-counter remedies before going to bed. Torres said he did not remember leaving his apartment, getting into his car and driving to Williamsburg, and had no ideahow he ended up traveling down I-64 the wrong way.

      ``I never meant to hit their car,'' said Torres, crying on the witness stand. ``I never meant to hurt anyone.''

      His attorney, Johnny Cope, told the court that Torres has suffered greatly for his part in the accident.

      ``I've never seen a criminal defendant show more remorse than this defendant,'' Cope said. ``If he could trade his life for the victims', I'm sure that he would.''

      York County Commonwealth's Attorney Jake H. Smith said Torres showed ``an outrageous disregard for the lives and safety of other people'' that ``created a major void in three families that cannot be replaced.''


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      Amie Lynn Rasmussen, 21, and two other people were killed in a Feb.
      24 crash.

      STATEMENT FROM A VICTIM'S MOTHER
      This is a statement by Marjorie Rasmussen, the mother of Amie
      Lynn Rasmussen, 21, one of three people killed Feb. 24 when a car
      driven by Faustino Torres crashed into their vehicle. York County
      Circuit Court Judge G. Duane Holloway would not allow the statement
      to be read in court Thursday before Torres was sentenced. Marjorie
      Rasmussen lives in Chesapeake.
      How do I explain to this court the impact on my family caused by
      Faustino Torres's actions. To truly understand, you would have to
      have known our daughter Amie.
      Amie was a peacemaker, a protector of her family and friends. She
      cared truly about other people. She was personable, determined and
      responsible.
      The first impact was mind-stopping shock at 6:07 a.m. My family
      was notified by the Virginia State Police that our daughter Amie had
      been killed in a fatal car crash. Our remaining children, Traci and
      Cindi, Amie's younger sisters began to scream.
      My husband and myself tried to remain calm, because to lose
      control means you accept what you have been told. During this time,
      you search in your mind for a way to fix this terrible mistake and
      stop the pain for your family.
      As calls began to come in and reporters show up at your door, you
      are stunned with disbelief that the news media could be so callous
      as to intrude and try to push their way into your home, which at
      that time has been torn apart with grief and pain. All the while,
      you are waiting for your daughter to call or come in the door so you
      can cry with joy that she is OK and make your world stop spinning
      out of control.
      The horror of it all comes all too soon when you have called the
      funeral home and found that your daughter is truly there and
      arrangements must be made to bring her body home. When her body has
      arrived back home, you have to see your beautiful child so that you
      can tell the police they have made a mistake. However, when you view
      the body of your daughter broken, bloody and swollen you are
      completely devastated. As you watch her sisters sit and hold her
      hand waiting for her to open her eyes and smile to make this bad
      dream go away, you feel an overpowering anger because you can do
      nothing to stop their pain.
      As time goes by, you are consumed with uncontrollable rage when
      you realize that your daughter, whom you love and are so proud of,
      has no rights because she is dead through no fault of her own. And
      your life, as well as your family's life, will be forever connected
      to a stranger's because of a blatant disregard for human life. At
      this time, you are also filled with rage at the helplessness you
      felt to stop the pictures that flash through your mind every minute
      of the day - of the scene, bright lights, screams, rain, rescue
      workers, blood, so much blood, and a silent ambulance pulling away
      from the scene. You are robbed of your ability to cope with this
      without medical help.
      As the weeks and months go by, you are continually tortured
      because your child is gone, never to be seen again. You know she has
      gone to heaven to be with God, but where is heaven? Is Amie in the
      wind, the trees, the air? Where is she?
      Last, but far from least, you are filled with determination to
      make your daughter's life count, to make a difference so that your
      remaining children are not denied the rights our daughter Amie was.
      In closing, no matter what suffering and pain our family has
      endured, our daughter Amie suffered more.
      She lost her life.
      Edition: FINAL
      Section: LOCAL
      Page: D1.