HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - A woman in Holyoke, who lost two family members to drowning accidents this month, is now advocating for a new law.
Maria Carmona lost two loved ones in two of the four recent drowning accidents over the past two weeks. Last week, her son--18 year-old Jonathan Ramos--drowned in the Connecticut River after he fell from a place known as "High Rock" in Holyoke.
On Tuesday, Carmona's son-in-law--Wilfredo Dones-Guzman--drowned in the Westfield River at a popular, yet dangerous swimming spot in West Springfield near River Street.
Carmona spoke to 22News Wednesday night, at her son Jonathan's wake. She said she intends to try and close "High Rock", and pass--what she calls--"Jonathan's Law".
"We're not going to be able to close the entire Connecticut River, because it's too big. But at least we can start with Holyoke and figure out what else to do", said Carmona.
The West Springfield Fire and Police Departments told 22News that teens and young adults usually head out to these dangerous swimming spots when it gets dark out, and ignore the warnings posted.
"...in the past few years we see ourselves going back to the same location for the same issues. People either getting caught in the rocks, or drowning", explained West Springfield Deputy Fire Chief Steven Manchino.
"It's frustrating to see that every summer people are drowning--especially young teenagers", Cardona stated.
Cardona said she plans on collecting signatures for "Jonathan's Law", and then eventually bringing them to the Mayor's office at Holyoke City Hall.