Memorial grows for teen killed in drunk driving crash; Girlfriend speaks outPosted: Updated:
TEMPE - The suspected drunk driver accused of killing a high school senior made his first appearance in court Monday.
Police say 23-year old Steven Landrum had a blood alcohol content of nearly three times the legal limit when he got behind the wheel last Thursday. It was a decision that led to a violent collision and the death of Cody Bishop.
Bishop was a popular teen just two weeks away from graduation. A memorial in memory of the Corona del Sol High School student is now growing.
His classmates are using shards of glass from the crash to spell out his name and markers to create a more permanent memorial at the site where he was hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver.
Sloan Zuniga, Cody’s girlfriend, tells 3TV, “Everyone should see drinking and driving is horrible. This is what happens when people make stupid decisions." Cody's girlfriend says his death has not fully hit her yet. She and her friends are trying to focus on the good memories and building their memorial of things Cody loved from strawberry milk to incense.
Cody was reportedly heading to culinary school after graduation and planned to open a restaurant with his dad.
Sloan says, “They were going to have a father/son thing…so excited to be a cook. It was everything he hoped and dreamed for.” As for the alleged drunk driver, Sloan says, “He chose this. He chose to take a life and U hope he gets what’s coming to him."
Cody's friends say his sister will wear his cap and gown at graduation later this month and accept her brother's diploma.