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Lest innocent blood be shed...
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July 20, 2005, 02:49 AM
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Spare a thought for the Scott Gardner family - Scott (33) Tina (31) Jackson (5) and Avery (2). Last Saturday afternoon, perhaps 15 miles from finishing the 220 mile drive from Mt.Holly N.C. to the coast for a week by the sea, they had an Illegal Immigration experience.

Ramiro Gallegos, 26, of Supply, N.C...and three other co-workers had packed into the truck`s front cab...heading west when Gallegos ran off the road, over-corrected and crossed the center line...Troopers estimated he was 10 mph over the 55 mph speed limit...Scott Gardner apparently tried to swerve to the right to avoid the crash...the family`s eastbound 2001 Subaru station wagon never left the road before impact. He and his wife were both airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he died early Sunday...The children survived with minor injuries only because they were properly restrained, Holmes said. Both parents also were wearing their seat belts.

[Crash kills teacher; prior offender charged- by Greg Rickabaugh, Charlotte Observer July 19 2005 - Access requires free registration. Also here.]

The man accused in the crash...remained in a Brunswick County Jail without bond Monday on charges of second-degree murder and hit and run. His blood alcohol level at the time of the arrest was 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit of .08 percent, said First Sgt. J.O. Holmes with the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Holmes said Gallegos told troopers that he was in the country illegally from Mexico. But he was not deported despite previous convictions for DWI, resisting arrest and failure to appear in court, records show...In April 2004, Gallegos was sentenced to three years of probation for a DWI and driving while his license was revoked, N.C. Department of Correction records show. In 2003, he was sentenced to probation, also for DWI.

The southern segment of the North Carolina coast is experencing a stunning construction boom. No doubt this is what attracted Gallegos, said to be a roofer. But if huge numbers of young men are brought into an area, unable to communicate well with the locals, living in bleak conditions, heavy drinking is inevitable. Hispanics are already known to contribute an excessive share of North Carolina`s DWI problem. VDARE.COM`s Brenda Walker astutely recognised that culture can make a difference last year, saying

Thought for Cinco de Mayo: take cover

Remember, this was only 5-30 in the afternoon!

This is the kind of social consequence a blinkered Stephen Moore apparently cannot comprehend.

Two unimpressive responses:

N.C. law-enforcement agencies have few resources for deporting illegal immigrants who break the law, Holmes said."If they are convicted of a serious offense, then at whatever point they complete their time, they are deported...But DWI, from what I understand, does not qualify."

Cheryl Jones, chairwoman of MADD Metrolina, which covers the Charlotte region, said she doesn`t understand why authorities didn`t deport Gallegos. "I would like to see a judge justify that now that we have one person dead and one person seriously injured," she said. "What these courts don`t understand is that every DWI has the potential to kill."

So does profligate illegal immigration. Explain that to her.