Boy killed at zoo still changing lives

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ST. PETERS, MO (KPLR) – There was a milestone over the weekend that marked a tragic day in St. Louis:  May 18th, 2001.

That was the day Luke Maue, 7, was killed by a drunk driver at the St. Louis Zoo.

Luke would have turned 21 Sunday.

It would have been his "golden" birthday.

"21 on the 21st," said his mother, Angie Maue.

She celebrated his birthday with Fox 2, Monday night, by ordering his favorite treat at a St. Peters Dairy Queen:  a Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard.

"It's just like God brings the people together," Angie Maue said, spooning her ice cream.

She was referring to her remarkable new friendship with Laurie Nobe.

"I actually attended the high school Luke would have gone to," Nobe said, referring to Lutheran High School of St. Charles County.  "I remember the story.  They announced it over our PA system on May 18th, 2001."

Nobe was a high school senior nearing graduation when Luke died as he stood on the zoo sidewalk.  He was run over and killed by speeding drunk driver, Robert Robertson, who's still in prison.

It happened in front Luke's mom, his schoolmates, and their parents.

In the years that followed Nobe became a repeat drunk driver.

She even hit a car while drunk in 2009.  There were no injuries.

She was too drunk to remember and yet there's one detail she'll never forget; one she has in common with Luke's killer.

"I looked back and I looked at his alcohol level.  It was the same as mine.  The exact same.  He hit Luke at a .22 alcohol level.  And I had the same for my first DWI.

She has now joined the group started by Luke's mom to combat drunk driving:  Luke's Legacy.

Together they're spreading his story and showing how a little boy is still changing the world.

"I'm living proof.  The fact that I'm still alive is big," Nobe said.  "I personally believe there was a higher power involved…we know God brought us together for a very important reason.  I can't wait to see where it goes," she beamed.

"The human part of you is still grieving.  And it still sucks.  And you're still pissed off.  But the spiritual side of you [says] maybe this happened to him so we can change the world and we change can the mentality of the world, that drinking and driving does kill. That we need to stop.  We need to put an end to it.  We need an army behind us to do it," said Angie Maue.

Part of Nobe's treatment included a session where a member of Luke's Legacy was speaking.  That changed everything, Nobe said, when she recalled being in her desk in high school the day Luke died.

She helped Luke's mom with a 5K run at the high school on Luke's birthday, Sunday.

The next project is called "Luke's Army".

The group aims to "enlist" young people into "boot camps" at area schools to get them to commit to safe and sober driving.

To learn more about Luke’s legacy, click here.

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