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“Drunk drivers come in many colors, White, Black, Hispanic or any other race. Victims come in many colors too. So when there is an unusually high rate of drunk driving among one group of people, it’s worth examining the reasons why”.

Watch these videos. The documentary is about the unusually high rate of “Hispanic “immigrant” drunk driving in North Carolina. The story focuses in on one family who have been directly impacted by this phenomena.

Scott Gardner was killed by a drunk driving illegal immigrant in 2005. His wife was left severely brain-damaged, unable to walk or speak. She is now being cared for in a nursing home for the rest of here life. Their two kids who were in the car at the time of the accident, are now being raised by Scott’s parents. One moment in time, that has totally altered the lives of the Gardner family, forever.

The illegal alien drunk driver who caused all this had been arrested 5 times previous for DWI and was deported twice only to come back and cause this terrible tragedy of an American family. Why was this allowed to happen? GuardDog

Drunken-Driving Among Hispanics Focus of WRAL Documentary
WRAL Raleigh
December 5, 2007

Raleigh ? The high rate of drunken driving accidents involving legal and illegal Hispanic immigrants is the focus of a WRAL News documentary airing Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Focal Point: “Crossing the Line” also looks at the challenges law enforcement agencies and the court system face in trying to punish undocumented immigrants for driving drunk. It also looks at how Latino advocacy groups are working to reach out to Hispanic immigrants and educate them about the dangers of driving drunk.

According to a recent study from the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, Hispanics involved in car crashes are two-and-a-half times more likely to be drunk than white drivers and three times more likely to be drunk than black drivers.

Hispanics also account for 18 percent of drunken-driving arrests, while making up less than 7 percent of the state?s population. Drunken driving is also the number one killer of young Hispanic men in North Carolina.

“Crossing the Line” also profiles the case of Scott and Tina Gardner, a couple from Mount Holly, N.C., who was hit by an illegal immigrant on their vacation in July 2005. Tina Gardner was left severely brain-damaged, and Scott Gardner was killed.

The driver, Ramiro Gallegos, had a blood alcohol concentration of .22, nearly three times the legal limit.

?My son didn?t have to die,” his mother, Emily Moose, said. “The man that drove the truck and took his life had been in front of a judge five times. He had been deported from this country twice.?

More recently, there have been several traffic accidents involving Hispanic immigrants.

On Oct. 25, Elbin Fabiel Ocampo Cruz, 22, was driving westbound on eastbound Interstate 540 between Creedmoor and Six Forks roads in Raleigh when he collided with a woman’s car. An illegal immigrant, he faces charges including driving while impaired and reckless driving.

And in March, Luciano Tellez, 31, of Angier, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle, felony hit-and-run and other charges in connection with a fatal hit-and-run involving a tractor-trailer

Two people who were in the car with Tellez told authorities that he had been drinking. He had been convicted in 2005 in Wake County on a prior DWI conviction and was wanted for violating terms of his probation.

Scott Gardner Family Circle Web Site

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WRAL

Jackson ? A woman injured in a head-on collision after a man drove the wrong way on Interstate 540 said she would like him to know how much he has taken from her.

Bettie Coates, 42, was headed home from work early on Oct. 25 when she was involved in the wreck on eastbound I-540 between Creedmoor and Six Forks roads.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I was like, ‘That’s a car,’” Coates said, noting that the other driver flicked on his lights a split-second before the collision. “I didn’t see him. I couldn’t turn. I didn’t have time to react. I didn’t have time to do anything.”

Eblin Fabiel Ocampo Cruz, 22, has been charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon, driving while impaired, reckless driving, failure to reduce speed and possession of a revoked license in connection with the wreck.

Authorities said Cruz is in the country illegally.

Coates, who had recently moved back to North Carolina from Pittsburgh, was trapped inside her Ford Mustang, which was crushed in the collision.

“I just remember a lot of blood just running down my face,” she said.

The wreck shattered her thigh and ankle bones, and she underwent three surgeries during 29 days in WakeMed. She has moved in with her grandparents in Northampton County for the next few months while she recuperates.

Her lack of mobility makes it difficult to keep up with her 2-year-old son, Donovan, she said.

“He wants me to play with him. He doesn’t understand why Mommy can’t do certain things,” she said.

Coates said she has thought about writing a letter to Cruz to let him know how hard it is for her not to play with Donovan, not to go check on the construction of her house and not to return to work.

“He’s taken a lot from me,” she said. “For him to have sneaked into the country (and) then for him to just think he can do whatever he can do and get away with it is very frustrating.”

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BOONE, N.C. — An illegal immigrant is accused of driving drunk in Boone over the Thanksgiving holiday and plowing into a sport utility vehicle, killing a man inside.

Boone police said Juan Manuel Juarez Reyes slammed into the rear of a Lexus SUV that was about to turn from Highway 105 onto Poplar Hill Drive shortly before 11 p.m. Friday. The SUV was skidded 250 feet, hitting a Watauga County deputy?s patrol car. The occupants of the SUV were trapped inside their vehicle but the deputy was not hurt.

The driver, Sallie Ellis Newell, and passenger Jacqueline Elizabeth Newell were taken to the Watauga County Medical Center where they were treated in released. But Brian Alan Newell and Andrew Russell Newell, who was in the back passenger-side seat, were flown to Johnson City Regional Medical Center.

Andrew Newell, 22, died at the hospital. His father remains in critical condition.

Family members said the Newells were returning from a Thanksgiving trip to South Carolina and were only a quarter-mile from home.

Authorities said Monday that Juarez Reyes was caught in the country by Border Patrol agents in 2002 and was sent back to Mexico. They aren?t sure when he re-entered the United States.

Police say he was speeding and drunk when the crash happened.

Juarez Reyes is charged with driving while impaired, driving without a license and three counts of felonious assault with a deadly weapon causing serious injury by vehicle.

He is being held under $75,000 bond and has asked for a court-appointed attorney. He?ll be back in court Jan. 14.

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Mercury News

The family of a Los Gatos woman whose legs were mangled this summer by an invader believed to be driving drunk is stepping up its campaign for stricter deportation rules, hoping to push lawmakers to close a little-known loophole that excludes DUIs.

Sara Cole’s family has met with a handful of lawmakers, including Rep. Mike Honda, D-Campbell, since the Sept. 9 incident in which Lucio Rodriguez allegedly slammed into her while she was standing outside her sport-utility vehicle at a Little League event, nearly severing her legs. The mother of four is recovering from her injuries, but may never regain full use of her legs.

The case outraged her family after the Mercury News reported that Rodriguez - believed to be in the country illegally - had spent 10 days in a Santa Clara County jail in March on a misdemeanor drunken-driving count but had never been interviewed by immigration officials to begin deportation proceedings.

The story also shone a light on cracks in an immigration system that doesn’t always whisk illegal immigrants away after convictions, but instead bases its priorities on the seriousness of the charges against them.

Officials said one of the key problems is a lack of funds to hire more immigration agents to monitor all cases, resulting in agents focusing on serious felonies like murder and rape.

“Had he been deported, this wouldn’t have happened to Sarah,” longtime Cole family friend Dave Burt said of Rodriguez. Burt is helping head a movement with Cole’s ex-husband, Bill Cole, to change state law so drunken-driving charges are automatically flagged by immigration officers.

DUIs, most of which are misdemeanors, are not part of a little-known California health-and-safety law in which authorities alert immigration agents about inmates who could be in the country illegally. Charges involving marijuana and cocaine distribution, for example, result in alerts.

“We obviously have a broken system, and piece by piece, we need to fix it,” said Bill Cole, who remains amicable with his ex-wife. “We think DUIs are a significant enough offense that it should warrant deportation.”

The two are starting a non-profit to educate others about gaps in the immigration process, and they want to rally state legislators behind a movement for what they are calling Sara’s Law.

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Washington Times

Watch just released CNN video MADD against MAIA.

Michelle Dallacroce was hopping mad when she received a letter from Mothers Against Drunk Driving demanding she change the name of her organization, Mothers Against Illegal Aliens.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Mrs. Dallacroce said. “I don’t know who would be confused by this. We don’t even have the same acronym.”

Mrs. Dallacroce, president of the Phoenix-based advocacy group, received a certified letter Oct. 10 stating that MADD owns the rights to the name “Mothers Against” and giving her 10 days to stop using it.

“While we do not oppose the name of your organization as a whole, we cannot permit the term ‘Mothers Against’ to be used in such a manner since it creates a likelihood of confusion to the public as to any affiliation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving,” the letter stated. “MADD cannot be associated with your organization and the use of ‘Mothers Against’ gives a strong implication of a relationship with MADD.”

Mrs. Dallacroce fired back with a terse reply: “No!”

An official from MADD could not be reached for comment.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of organizations that use the name “Mothers Against,” including Mothers Against War, Mothers Against Cancer, Mothers Against Guns and Mothers Against Medical Error.

Why MADD would single out MAIA isn’t clear, although Mrs. Dallacroce has her own theory. She contends that MADD fears running afoul of immigration advocacy groups, and at least one MADD official agrees with her.

Virginia Faircloth, president and founder of MADD’s York County, S.C., chapter, resigned last week after learning of the threat against MAIA, saying that MADD has turned a blind eye to the problem of drunken driving by illegal aliens.

She said she was told by national leaders to remove a link on her Web site to the Jackson-Avery Foundation, an organization she started with a friend whose husband was killed by an illegal alien driving drunk.

“They said their biggest concern was they didn’t want anyone to think MADD was taking a stand on illegal immigration,” Mrs. Faircloth said. “They worry too much about politics and they forget why they’re there.”

She said she confronted MADD National President Glynn Birch, who admitted the group hadn’t sent letters to any other “Mothers Against” organizations.

“I said, ‘You say you don’t want to take a stand on illegal immigration, but by sending that letter [to MAIA], you have,’ ” Mrs. Faircloth said.

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