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    NC - Min Soon Chang, 18, killed by drunk driver, Charlotte, Nov 2005

    Illegal immigrant charged in fatal wreck

    Jorge Hernandez, 35, is accused of driving more than 100 mph on the wrong side of the highway. His Ford Expedition collided head on with another vehicle, police said.

    "The crash last night was a severe impact," said Trooper Brian Huffstickler of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. "It was probably one of the worst crashes we've ever seen."

    The head-on collision was devastating. The driver of the other vehicle, 18-year-old Min Soon Chang, was killed. Hernandez was injured, as was Tasha Beth Thomas, who was driving a vehicle that the Expedition sideswiped after the head-on collision.

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    The aftermath was caught on tape.

    U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., is working on legislation that would strengthen penalties against illegal immigrants who are convicted of DWI. She became vocal about the issue when Scott Gardner, a Gaston County teacher, was killed in July by an illegal immigrant who was driving drunk.


    http://www.news14charlotte.com/conte...sp?ArID=107241
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    Driver describes near miss on I-485

    Driver describes near miss on I-485
    11/19/2005 12:37 PM
    WATCH THE VIDEO485 Close Call

    A woman who was driving on I-485 was almost hit by the alleged drunk driver who killed a local college student.




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    DWI suspect to appear in court
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jorge Hernandez Soto, an illegal immigrant accused of driving drunk and causing an accident that killed a college student, will appear in court Monday.

    He is currently being held on a $1.6 million bond, but that amount could be reduced.




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    2 years later, family copes with tragedy 7:41 AM


    Tina Gardner still can't talk after crash that killed husband


    Two years after the drunken-driving crash that turned Tina Gardner and her husband, Scott, into local symbols in the national immigration debate, Gardner remains in a nursing home, unable to speak or move.
    On July 16, 2005, the Mount Holly couple and their two children were traveling to Sunset Beach when a pickup plowed into their station wagon on a two-lane highway in Brunswick County.
    The other driver, Ramiro Gallegos, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit. Gallegos, who was in the U.S. illegally, also had five previous DWI charges -- with four convictions. Gallegos, 28, is serving up to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

    More: http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/stori....7dda47c1.html






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    Tina and Scott Gardner in their engagement photo taken in 1997.
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    This stuff happens all the time out here in AZ. There are so undocumented Mexican workers out here, many drive even though they have no license and no insurance. They also commit alot of the hit and runs.

    2 brothers were arrested for drag racing in 2 seperate cars and they lost control and hit each other and 4 other vehicles. Neither had a license or insurance. The article did not say if they were here legally or not. I have no idea how these people buy vehicles without a license or insurance.

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    I've already said something about this subject in another post. I fear it will never end any time soon.

    LOL, I still remember when I saw a landscaping truck hit another car iun front of it. Within seconds, I saw 8-10 mexicans jumping out and running from the truck. I'm only guessing, but they were probably illegal...

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    I love it when people try to argue that illegals are not a detriment to our economy. I am not saying that only illegals drive without insurance, but a good % of the car accidents out here involve an illegal. Almost daily here do we read about a car accident and a hispanic looking individual is seen fleeing from the vehicle. The ones that flee, regardless of race, usually lack a license, insurance or both, and sometimes the car is stolen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nocgirl View Post
    I love it when people try to argue that illegals are not a detriment to our economy. I am not saying that only illegals drive without insurance, but a good % of the car accidents out here involve an illegal. Almost daily here do we read about a car accident and a hispanic looking individual is seen fleeing from the vehicle. The ones that flee, regardless of race, usually lack a license, insurance or both, and sometimes the car is stolen.

    The sad thing is ... the fact that the guy had multiple DWIs before this .... and now he killed someone and left a woman paralized.
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    What did the guys illegal status have to do with this??

    Lets be honest plenty of citizens are Ahole's who drink and drive and kill people. Plenty don't have insurance! ... In order to get a tag for you car you must be licensed and insured .... so who got the tag for them??

    I just don't really see how his status as a citizen or lack thereof plays into it.

    Nocgirl, a good majority of accidents where I live are caused by the elderly who are all "legal" and have more then contributed to taxes and paid their insurance.

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    There is a big case going on out here in AZ regarding a Turkish immigrant, finally being charged with 4 counts of Manslaughter after he killed a young family of 4 when he rear-ended them going 65 mph. Their car burst into flames and the parents and 2 young kids were killed.

    The media has given conflicting info on whether or not this guy is here legally, but he has a history of seizures, and should not have been driving. They have determined he likely had a seizure behind the wheel which is the only way they can explain how he could not see this vehicle stopped.

    I am not sure whether he had insurance or not. What a terrible tragedy though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Amraann View Post
    What did the guys illegal status have to do with this??

    Lets be honest plenty of citizens are Ahole's who drink and drive and kill people. Plenty don't have insurance! ... In order to get a tag for you car you must be licensed and insured .... so who got the tag for them??

    I just don't really see how his status as a citizen or lack thereof plays into it.

    Nocgirl, a good majority of accidents where I live are caused by the elderly who are all "legal" and have more then contributed to taxes and paid their insurance.
    Here's the problem with auto accidents and illegal immigrants: When they are involved, they simply give a false name, run away (literally) or claim they don't speak English. The police then let them go for various reasons, and they go back to their underground economy. Then they are involved in another accident and the same thing repeats. No consequences, no way for the other party to get reparation, nothing.

    Legal residents/citizens have identification, and are expected to produce it--even if they don't have insurance. The other party can still get legal reparation because of the identification.

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    Hello there, I just wanted to say please don't judg all immigrants because of this accident, I know some of you aren't but there are a couple posts there. Immigration is a very heated issue right now and if there is an illegal involved we will hear about it. I am half Mexican and my husband came here from Mexico illegally when he was 14. His parents sent him and his brothers here to work to send money back so they could live. That is what most of them are doing here, they are very hard working and yes there will always be the few bad ones, but there is in every group. This is a human rights issue, not an illegal or legal issue. My husband and I have been married for 10 years and have two children. We do not live on welfare and I have finished college. He could possibly be deported leaving me and my children alone without a father and then possibly having to turn to welfare. Billions of dollars in illegals tax money is never returned to them, so yes they do help the economy. We feel the prejudice and my husband has been asked for ID when he is a passenger "because of terrorists" according to police. If they would give the illegal people drivers license like some states have suggested, that would dramatically cut down on the hit and runs and also the no insurance. Illinois just recently passed this and it will go into effect next year. It is the only solution while congress sits on their thumbs deciding what to do

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    I do not judge immigrant at all, only the illegals that drive without a license and insurance.

    AZ and CA have more illegals in the state than any other state, and them driving and causing car accidents is a HUGE problem.

    Like I said I realize they do not cause all the accidents, but they sure are a burden on us taxpayers as we have no way to get any $$$ from them and many just flee back to Mexico after it happens, or the person who's social security number they are using, gets screwed.

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    My husband is Mexican, his whole family 100% Mexican and they all were born here to legal immigrants, and they all work and pay their taxes. A couple of his siblings are very successful business owners.

    Imthemom, the illegals that do pay into the system due so illegally because they are using other people identities. That is a crime, and a felony so therefore since they pay into the system illegally, they should not be entitled to the benefits.

    I realize this is a heated and controversial subject. I am married to a hispanic and my mother in law runs a controversial non profit group to help day laborers, most of which are here illegally.

    My sister in law actually works for a city out here in AZ, a program that helps pregnant women without insurance. She admits that most of these women are illegal immigrants which brings the question, how do they pay for their deliveries? The answer, we do because the city puts them on emergency ACCCHS when they deliver.

    You cannot say the illegals do not drain our healthcare system, because they do. A few hospitals out here in AZ (CLOSE TO THE BORDER) are actually close to closing their doors because they cannot operate when over half of their patients are illegals and do not pay their hospital bills.

    Here are some numbers for CA hospitals:

    Almost half of all immigrants either have no insurance or have it provided to them at taxpayers expense. In some hospitals, especially in L.A., as much as 2/3 of total operating costs are for uncompensated care of illegal aliens. Here's the kicker:
    84 California hospitals are closing their doors as a direct result of the rising number of illegal aliens and their non-reimbursed tax on the system. Have you heard the term "anchor baby"? Over 300k babies annually become U.S. citizens. These are "American" babies born to illegal moms. This birth means their families become citizens simply because Mom is here illegally. This US birth means that Uncle Pablo in Michoacan can now come here legally and live. Live how? Off the system. In 1994, California paid for 75,000 deliveries to illegal alien mothers, at a cost of $215 million. Now, each one of those babies generates $1,000 in public welfare each month for the family.And this figure is from 13 years ago! Its got to be triple the amount now.

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    Wow for being married to a Hispanic you sure don't sound like you like them very much. Well it is not true that by having a child you become legal and you can't bring uncle Pablo over. It is almost impossible for a Mexican to get a Visa to come to America legally if you are of working age. Did you know that? Yet other immigrants are allowed in. There is no possible way to become legal at this moment even if you have children born here. Why do you think you see the protest signs DON'T TAKE MY MOM OR DAD! Have you heard of the lady who is living in a church because she is afraid immigration will take her, her son was born here. Yes they did break the law and come here illegally and yes they should have to pay a fine as punishment, but what should we do lock them all up. Yes there is a crisis in healthcare right now as I know because I work in healthcare but there are many Citizens who do not have ways to pay the bills either, you can't blame it all on illegals. Who would do the restaurant jobs, crop picking, meat packing companies. Not Americans! And they do use fake # but not a whole identity and they do not get their taxes that they pay in back! Something needs to be done, the laws need to be changed. Good grief have a heart, all these people want is to live the American dream. Have you forgotten all our ancestors immigrated to this country at one point and no back then you didn't need a legal visa you just came. We pushed the Native Americans into reservations and took their land! How would you feel if your family were going to be split apart, every try putting the shoe on the other foot?

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