Skip to comments.Track Star Killed By Suspected Drunk Driver (illegal)
Posted on 06/19/2007 12:31:49 AM PDT by ruination
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A Tennessee State University student died Saturday when another driver broadsided her vehicle on Old Hickory Boulevard.
Metro police said 24-year-old Victor Benitez was drunk as he ran a red light at the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Nolensville Road, killing 22-year-old Joycelyn Gardiner.
"Just a tremendous young lady, from all accounts, who had all types of potential," said Don Aaron, Metro police spokesman.
"According to the witnesses who attempted to render aid to both victims, Benitez smelled strongly of alcohol and was very combative," Aaron said.
Investigators said Benitez was drunk and he didn't touch the brakes of his Ford Expedition before hitting Gardiner's car. She died a short time later at the hospital.
"Because of this crash, that apparently involves alcohol, by the other driver, her life is lost," Aaron said.
Police said Benitez was driving without a license and that he didn't have paperwork verifying that he was in the United States legally.
"They learned that he is a suspected illegal immigrant, thus, a federal hold was placed on him so he cannot make bond," Aaron said.
In February 2006, Benitez was convicted of car burglary. Nine months later, he spent seven days in jail for public intoxication and resisting arrest. The Mexican native now faces a vehicular homicide charge.
"This is just a devastating story for Tennessee State University," Aaron said.
Gardiner ran track for the Tigerbelles. She was going to in August. Now, her friends remember her and mourn her death. On Gardiner's MySpace page, friends left heartfelt messages.
Authorities realized Benitez's possible illegal status thanks to a new program that links into the federal data base.
Benitez did have an identification card from Houston, Texas.
Gardiner, a Texas native, planned to attend law school after graduation.
TSU is in the process of planning a memorial service for Gardiner.
Another reason illegal immigrants should be rounded up and deported.
Gracias a Jorge Bush!!!
They and Bush are responsible for not enforcing the immigration laws on the books and for hindering the ICE & Border Patrol from doing their jobs.
but what do you expect of people that are not fully vested in our country or its future, let alone THEIR future...
licenses....insurance...obeying laws....thats' for the gringos....
Just say NO to Illegal Alien Amnesty!! Keep calling!! Its NOT OVER!! Our country is worth it!!
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Hey, Gorge Bush said that he can control Iraq, the rest of the nationâs elite are supposedly going to control the worlds weather, but throwing up a fence is impossible, wonât work....not gonna do it. Oh, but wait! Need deep water ports to import Chinese crap? No problem, and we will buy, install and use Chinese Army cranes to lift the containers out of Chinese Navy ships. And. How about a 52 lane highways from Mexico to Canada? No problem.
At first blush, without reading the article, based on the headline, it would seem that a pedestrian was the victim of a hit and run driver. Ford Expedition...that's one of those dreaded SUVs, right? It's a shame that no one takes the time to inform all these "undocumented Americans" that driving SUVs is not the same as driving normal cars...
Maybe a matricula card? Issued by the Mexican consulate to illegals only.
Remember, the jackasses in DC are working overtime to legitimize bastards such as Victor Benitez .
Rest in peace, Joycelyn.
Perhaps we should no longer weep for the victims of those who are pressuring our government to ignore the crimes of illegals, to ignore their responsibility to secure our boarders, to protect our citizens.
Perhaps “we the people” no longer matter. Big business wants cheap labor, and the Republicans are scared they won’t get that whopping 20% of the vote from those that may get citizenship through this monstrosity of a bill.
One thing’s for sure. True patriots and statesmen are a very rare breed in Washington today.
A question for future Presidential debates.
Hillary, What would you do if Chelsea was killed in a car accident with a drunk, illegal, uninsured, and unlicensed driver with prior convictions?
Don’t deport,Get a rope. :0)
Dont deport, Get a rope...it’s coming to this...also get a rope for the “Lawmakers” failing to enforce our laws...they are as culpable as the criminal.
Illegal aliens have been registering their vehicles in TN for years. At least 10 years ago, I commented to someone on Okracoke Island, N.C., on the unusually high number of cars with TN tags. He told me that the hotel staff (all illegals) register their cars there to avoid auto insurance-— lovely.
I wonder if this guy was driving to or from one of the Hispanic brothels springing up residential areas in the Nashville burbs?
Remember Swimmer a few weeks ago, holding up a chart on the Senate floor listing the number of Mexicans who have died in the desert trying to cross into the US illegally..his tears at their loss..well, I hope next week one US senator holds up a big pic of this young lady, as well as other victims of illegal predators..
Why doesn’t Tennessee become outraged
by this? Why is this okay with everybody?
What are the cosmic chances of this kind of collision with an illegal happening to someone who deserves it, like Teddy, Lindsay, et al? Just curious. Also wonder if it would spark a murmur of outrage.
Let me just give a big FU to GWB.
I’ll join you in your “salute” to Jorge Arbusto, who has failed to uphold the Constitution and squandered his presidency. He’s a “uniter”, alright, merging USA with Mexico, though he’s divided his party by driving away real conservatives with his neo-con globaloney.
I’m going with Ron Paul.
The News and Observer published a stat about NC recently. Apperenatly in our state Hispanics are almost four times as likely to drive drunk as the rest of the population. Acceptance of that is cultural. The more we let in, the more die needlessly on our roads.
Davidson County (Nashville) just started using the 287g program 2 months ago...
287g is a 10 year old program that is a provision of the 1996 immigration bill...its funded by the federal govt...specially trained local police officers are authorized to arrest and hold illegal aliens until ICE can come and get them..The training takes about 2 months...most states dont know about it...
So much for all the promises from congress..
Countdown to Geraldo’s justification for not deporting this criminal douchebag: 5..4..3..2..1
He should have been repatriated [deported] on the first arrest. What is going on is insane.
The young lady would have had an uninsured motorist provision in her insurance..
It used to be optional but now its part of our TN indsurance...
If you get hit by an uninsured guy your insurance company lawyers go after him..no cost to you for the lawyer..
This guy wont get off the insurance bit...it works great...
Since Feb this year illegal aliens no longer get TN drivers licences. The law was never “renewed”
Drunk driving killing the Americans that Americans are too lazy to get drunk and kill.
GET A ROPE BUMP
I know that, but they have not done anything about the ones they gave out, such as no renewal's.
Now, now...the poor fella was just late for his job and the anti-immigrant vigilante victim was in his way < /S >
Her blood, and the blood of all those Americans hurt or killed by criminal illegals, is on their hands. And I wish some high-profile conservative would stand up and actually SAY that in a public forum.
This is just sickening!!
“Rest in peace, Joycelyn”
“He should have been repatriated [deported] on the first arrest. What is going on is insane.”
Whenever I pull into a gas station in California, I am surrounded by Spanish-speaking drivers with big trucks, big SUVs.
I cna only guess that it is because they live with several families crammed into one house.
The driver would be found dead in Fort Marcy Park!
President Bush, what DO you say to this? Is this beautiful young girl’s life just “collateral damage” to you?
I was saddened to hear about Joycelyn’s death. Joycelyn “Prissy” was a great person and anyone who knew her would say the same. Joycelyn had great parents and family who did a wonderful job of raising her.
This is ridiculous to have a precious person like Joycelyn to be taken away because of an irresponsible person and the high tolerance for drunk drivers from our judicial system. I hope that our judicial system tighten up on drunk drivers, even those who do not cause a death. Statistics has proven that most drunk drivers who cause a fatality have driven drunk several times prior to causing a fatal accident. ** Port Arthur/Houston, TX**
curious if he was deported after that..
Nine months later, he spent seven days in jail for public intoxication and resisting arrest.
okay, then, he must've been deported for this
Illegal aliens murder 25 Americans daily
Death toll in 2006 far overshadows total
U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, Afghanistan
By Joseph Farah
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com November 28, 2006
WASHINGTON While the military “quagmire” in Iraq was said to tip the scales of power in the U.S. midterm elections, most Americans have no idea more of their fellow citizens men, women and children were murdered this year by illegal aliens than the combined death toll of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan since those military campaigns began.
Though no federal statistics are kept on murders or any other crimes committed by illegal aliens, a number of groups have produced estimates based on data collected from prisons, news reports and independent research.
Twelve Americans are murdered every day by illegal aliens, according to statistics released by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. If those numbers are correct, it translates to 4,380 Americans murdered annually by illegal aliens. That’s 21,900 since Sept. 11, 2001.
Total U.S. troop deaths in Iraq as of last week were reported at 2,863. Total U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan during the five years of the Afghan campaign are currently at 289, according to the Department of Defense.
But the carnage wrought by illegal alien murderers represents only a fraction of the pool of blood spilled by American citizens as a result of an open border and un-enforced immigration laws.
While King reports 12 Americans are murdered daily by illegal aliens, he says 13 are killed by drunk illegal alien drivers for another annual death toll of 4,745. That’s 23,725 since Sept. 11, 2001.
While no one in or out of government tracks all U.S. accidents caused by illegal aliens, the statistical and anecdotal evidence suggests many of last year’s 42,636 road deaths involved illegal aliens.
A report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study found 20 percent of fatal accidents involve at least one driver who lacks a valid license. In California, another study showed that those who have never held a valid license are about five times more likely to be involved in a fatal road accident than licensed drivers.
Statistically, that makes them an even greater danger on the road than drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked and nearly as dangerous as drunk drivers.
King also reports eight American children are victims of sexual abuse by illegal aliens every day a total of 2,920 annually.
Based on a one-year in-depth study, Deborah Schurman-Kauflin of the Violent Crimes Institute of Atlanta estimates there are about 240,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders in the United States who have had an average of four victims each. She analyzed 1,500 cases from January 1999 through April 2006 that included serial rapes, serial murders, sexual homicides and child molestation committed by illegal immigrants.
As the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. increases, so does the number of American victims.
According to Edwin Rubenstien, president of ESR Research Economic Consultants, in Indianapolis in 1980, federal and state correctional facilities held fewer than 9,000 criminal aliens. But at the end of 2003, approximately 267,000 illegal aliens were incarcerated in all U.S. jails and prisons.
While the federal government doesn’t track illegal alien murders, illegal alien rapes or illegal alien drunk driving deaths, it has studied illegal aliens incarcerated in U.S. prisons.
In April 2005, the Government Accountability Office released a report on a study of 55,322 illegal aliens incarcerated in federal, state, and local facilities during 2003. It found the following:
The 55,322 illegal aliens studied represented a total of 459,614 arrests some eight arrests per illegal alien;
Their arrests represented a total of about 700,000 criminal offenses some 13 offenses per illegal alien;
36 percent had been arrested at least five times before.
“While the vast majority of illegal aliens are decent people who work hard and are only trying to make a better life for themselves and their families, (something you or I would probably do if we were in their place), it is also a fact that a disproportionately high percentage of illegal aliens are criminals and sexual predators,” states Peter Wagner, author of a new report called “The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration.” “That is part of the dark side of illegal immigration and when we allow the ‘good’ in we get the ‘bad’ along with them. The question is, how much ‘bad’ is acceptable and at what price?”
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