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"Police: Vehicular Homicide Suspect Illegal Immigrant (redux)
WKRN Nashville Tennessee ^ | June 20, 2007 | WKRN staff

Posted on 06/20/2007 1:21:20 PM PDT by Baladas

The man responsible for the death of Tennessee State University senior is an illegal immigrant, police said Tuesday.

Joycelyn Gardiner, 22, died Saturday morning when a car, driven by a drunk driver, plowed into her car.

The driver, 24-year-old Victor Benitez, is an undocumented immigrant who has been in trouble with the law before.

On Tuesday, News 2 spoke exclusively with his roommate, Margarito Lopez, who said he knew something was wrong when he got a call from Benitez Saturday night.

"He told me that he got himself into some trouble,” Lopez said. “He told me he got into a car accident and hit a......woman, and she died."

Benitez is charged with vehicular homicide.

His criminal record dates back to 2003 in Houston, Texas.

Police there charged him with making and selling drugs and trespassing.

In Nashville, Metro Police said Benitez tried to steal three cars in Antioch in 2006.

Prosecutors involved with the previous case admitted their frustration with Saturday accident.

(Excerpt) Read more at wkrn.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; criminal; drunkdriver; drunkdriving; gardiner; illegalalien; immigrantlist; joycelyngardiner
He "got himself into some trouble"? Par for this course.

An "undocumented immigrant" - for now. Our president wants to give this man amnesty.

1 posted on 06/20/2007 1:21:24 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: Baladas

Killing Americans, Americans won’t kill.


2 posted on 06/20/2007 1:26:08 PM PDT by Patrick1
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To: Baladas

The victim’s family ought to be able to sue Bush etal.


3 posted on 06/20/2007 1:27:28 PM PDT by gas0linealley (.good fences make good neighbors)
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To: All

Another one of Bush’s “No Illegal Left Behind” graduates.

Illegal Alienism is Anti-American


4 posted on 06/20/2007 1:28:28 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Illegal Alien Amnesty Is Anti-American)
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To: Baladas

Chalk up another death to Houston’s Sanctuary City...


5 posted on 06/20/2007 1:32:25 PM PDT by cryptotech (Remember the Alamo - Remember Goliad)
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To: Baladas

“is an undocumented immigrant who has been in trouble with the law before.”

Since they did nothing about him before, I suspect they will do nothing about him now.


6 posted on 06/20/2007 1:33:27 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Baladas

Sentence him to 50 years at hard labor.... building the wall.


7 posted on 06/20/2007 1:33:42 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.)
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To: Baladas

“His criminal record dates back to 2003 in Houston, Texas”

This is INDEED Bush’s fault!!


8 posted on 06/20/2007 1:36:44 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: Baladas

“Prosecutors involved with the previous case admitted their frustration with Saturday accident.”

Gee, that was big of them. They should be relieved of their responsibilities if they did not prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law. And the legislators should be relieved of their duties if the prosecutors did prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.


9 posted on 06/20/2007 1:36:48 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Baladas

Is there a data base showing how many Americans have been killed by drunk driving illegal aliens?
There has been 2 or 3 here in central Maryland over the past year.


10 posted on 06/20/2007 1:38:38 PM PDT by hophead ("Enjoy Every Sandwich")
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To: Baladas

Thanks Bush, Big Business and Congres.


11 posted on 06/20/2007 1:42:32 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: hophead

Here are a few sites documenting drunk illegals.
http://www.immigrationinsanity.com/web/indepth.9
http://www.vdare.com/walker/dui.htm
http://www.immigrationshumancost.org/text/crimevictims.html


12 posted on 06/20/2007 1:43:09 PM PDT by hophead ("Enjoy Every Sandwich")
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To: stephenjohnbanker

It’s Mayor Bill White’s fault.

Had there not been his Sanctuary City policy INS would have been notified when his jail time was up.


13 posted on 06/20/2007 1:44:26 PM PDT by cryptotech (Remember the Alamo - Remember Goliad)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

His criminal record dates back to 2003 in Houston, Texas.

Police there charged him with making and selling drugs and trespassing.

He should have been branded on the forehead and thrown back across the border at that time.


14 posted on 06/20/2007 1:45:26 PM PDT by sheana
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To: hophead

I live in So. California. The local newspaper in coastal Orange County lists the names of those arrested for DUI. The number of Hispanic names is well above their percentage of the population. They also account for an above average percentage of vehicle accident injuries and deaths.

It is a recognized fact that excessive drinking is more of a problem among Hispanic males. Just another benefit of Hispanic immigration, both legal and illegal.


15 posted on 06/20/2007 1:47:45 PM PDT by CdMGuy
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To: Baladas

Another case of Americans dying for the rights of illegal immigrants....


16 posted on 06/20/2007 1:48:13 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: sheana; All

Sanctuary City criminals in office!


17 posted on 06/20/2007 1:49:32 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: hophead

E mail this to Jorge.


18 posted on 06/20/2007 1:51:54 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

What do we do when our own government will not enforce the law?


19 posted on 06/20/2007 1:53:36 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Mayor Wight took some heat over this:

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=local&id=4586349

Didn’t change his policy though...


20 posted on 06/20/2007 1:54:50 PM PDT by cryptotech (Remember the Alamo - Remember Goliad)
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To: cryptotech

Wight=White


21 posted on 06/20/2007 1:56:45 PM PDT by cryptotech (Remember the Alamo - Remember Goliad)
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To: CdMGuy

“It is a recognized fact that excessive drinking is more of a problem among Hispanic males.”

Combine that with the fact that most have probably never owned or operated a vehicle, don’t read English, don’t know the laws, and you have a recipe for disaster.


22 posted on 06/20/2007 1:57:38 PM PDT by EEDUDE (The more I know, the less I understand...)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

“What do we do when our own government will not enforce the law?”

Well, we could target the companies that are lobbying Congress and the White House to pass this legislative excrement. However, I haven’t seen an article where such companies are identified.

Maybe some energetic young reporter could make himself famous on this...


23 posted on 06/20/2007 1:58:47 PM PDT by RavenATB
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To: cryptotech

Another good man murdered by an illegal.


24 posted on 06/20/2007 1:59:02 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: Baladas

Hey! George Bush! Are you paying any attention to this at all? It doesn’t seem like you are. Instead, you seem like you will do virtually anything to get those Mexicans into our country, even though over 75% of Americans don’t want you to! What was it that convinced you not to listen to the people who put you in office? What was it that told you that the people who supported you through the worst of times are now irrelevant? I wish you would answer, because I really need to know.


25 posted on 06/20/2007 1:59:07 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: RavenATB

Good idea!


26 posted on 06/20/2007 2:01:45 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: Continental Soldier

I hate to say it, but we have a renegade president, and a completely corrupt senate.


27 posted on 06/20/2007 2:03:40 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: RavenATB

“Well, we could target the companies that are lobbying Congress and the White House to pass this legislative excrement”

They have our President on their side..........sick as it is. They fear us not a bit.


28 posted on 06/20/2007 2:05:33 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: RavenATB
This group has a list of Texas companies :

http://www.txeir.org/

29 posted on 06/20/2007 2:06:04 PM PDT by cryptotech (Remember the Alamo - Remember Goliad)
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To: Brilliant
Since they did nothing about him before, I suspect they will do nothing about him now.

Actually, Nashville law enforcement is doing more about it these days. They are linked into the federal database and check those who do not have the proper documentation to determine if they are legally in the country. They will turn him over to ICE for deportation after he serves his sentence. The question is, will ICE deport him, and will our current "immigration policy" keep him from returning to the country?

http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=6676774

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 did not touch the brakes of his Ford Expedition before hitting Gardiner's car.

Gardiner and Benitez were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where Gardiner died. Benitez was treated and released from the hospital and jailed Saturday afternoon.

"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 arrested on three counts of car burglary and two counts of attempted theft. Nine months later, he was arrested on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Convicted on the three charges, Benitez spent seven days in jail.

The Mexican native now faces a vehicular homicide charge. His preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Thursday.

"This is just a devastating story for Tennessee State University," Aaron said.

Gardiner ran track for the Tigerbelles.

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 plans to hold a memorial service for Gardiner.

30 posted on 06/20/2007 2:07:45 PM PDT by OrangeDaisy
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To: gas0linealley
The victim’s family ought to be able to sue Bush etal.

I see absolutely no reason why they couldn't.

If the government doesn't enforce highway construction safety regulations they are held liable, or should be. (Say their lack of enforcement of regulations leeds to a 2' gap in a highway that causes an accident, even a death.)

One of the government's main jobs is to protect us from invasion. Why? Because invaders would steal from us and/or kill us. That's exactly what's happened here.

Are there any lawyers here? Seems to me the public has a good case if the lack of enforcement leads almost directly to the injury of the individual or general public.

31 posted on 06/20/2007 2:08:17 PM PDT by Swordfished
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Point of order: Bush was president in 2003, and he’s never been mayor of Houston.


32 posted on 06/20/2007 2:10:20 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Lord, I apologize . . . and be with the starving pygmies in New Guinea amen.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Another good man murdered by an illegal.

Another good woman murdered by an illegal.

There, I fixed it.

33 posted on 06/20/2007 2:10:58 PM PDT by OrangeDaisy
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To: OrangeDaisy

Please see link at post 20. Another victim.


34 posted on 06/20/2007 2:14:38 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: Baladas

Do we really need more reasons to call our representatives in Washington, D.C.?

Just say NO to Illegal Alien Amnesty!! Keep calling!! It’s NOT OVER!!

U.S. Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121

U.S. House switchboard: (202) 225-3121

White House comments: (202) 456-1111

Find your House Rep.: http://www.house.gov/writerep

Find your US Senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


35 posted on 06/20/2007 2:17:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Oops, sorry!


36 posted on 06/20/2007 2:21:13 PM PDT by OrangeDaisy
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To: OrangeDaisy

The illegals sure seem to kill our very best citizens...............a girl about to enter law school, a cop, a national merit scholar......they are killing our very best!


37 posted on 06/20/2007 2:28:44 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: Baladas

If only the bill had passed, she could have been killed by a legalized immigrant.


38 posted on 06/20/2007 2:29:39 PM PDT by kenth (I got tired of my last tagline...)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

ping


39 posted on 06/20/2007 2:45:24 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: Baladas

40 posted on 06/20/2007 4:09:25 PM PDT by Gritty (When you outsource the future donít be surprised it doesnít turn out the way you expected-Mark Steyn)
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To: Baladas
This is getting more and more common, but it also dates way back. When I lived in the Houston area, a Mexican truck driver, driving drunk on the freeway, overturned his tractor-trailer rig onto a family of five, killing all three kids and the father. The wife awoke in the hospital to hear that her entire family was wiped out.

In Midland (TX) in the late 60s, I was stopped at a signal light when I was hit from behind, and after the cops hauled the mouthy little drunk to jail, I looked in his car and saw that the entire front floorboard was covered with empty beer cans. I'd been driving my company car, and some time later my company called asking for help in locating Mr. Salinas. I told them that he was very likely back home and to head South and look for a Señor Salinas.

41 posted on 06/20/2007 4:09:49 PM PDT by Marauder (Allah = Lucifer)
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To: Baladas

I’ve been listing articles about Americans killed by illegal aliens in the Ostroy Report, a lib blog. Kind of funny, but someone finally came through with the personal attacks.

https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=11636447&postID=1697811415629006148&isPopup=true


42 posted on 06/20/2007 4:28:55 PM PDT by goalseven
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To: Baladas
Give that boy a Z-visa. What are you waiting for, you racist?
43 posted on 06/20/2007 4:50:12 PM PDT by goldfinch
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To: Baladas

“His criminal record dates back to 2003 in Houston, Texas”

But his criminal life in America started earlier when he unlawfully trespassed across the border and into our country...


44 posted on 06/20/2007 5:08:34 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Brilliant

An illegal alien who hit a couple head on in Nashville last July had his day in court 2 months ago He got 25 years for killing them both and leaving their children orphans but only has to serve 7 1/2 years...


45 posted on 06/20/2007 5:12:08 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Swordfished

Maybe John Armor (congressman billybob) can tell us.


46 posted on 06/20/2007 6:06:41 PM PDT by gas0linealley (.good fences make good neighbors)
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To: Tennessee Nana
"In February 2006, Benitez was arrested on three counts of car burglary and two counts of attempted theft. Nine months later, he was arrested on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Convicted on the three charges, Benitez spent seven days in jail"

Not only are these illegals committing horrible crimes, but they aren't even getting sentences that an American citizen would be sent up for decades. Not only are they breaking the law, they are ABOVE the law. If a citizen did what you wrote about, they'd get 25 years. And we wouldn't hear sob stories about "breaking up families" when the perp was hauled off to jail.

47 posted on 06/20/2007 6:16:54 PM PDT by boop (Now Greg, you know I don't like that WORD!)
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To: Ben Mugged

Hey, that’s a great idea. Take all able-bodied illegal aliens and make them build all the border walls we want as a requirement of staying here. Then if they learn to speak English fluently and do everything else required for citizenship, they can stay. Maybe.

I still think a birth control requirement ought to be in there somewhere. /kind of joking


48 posted on 06/20/2007 9:28:35 PM PDT by cookiedough
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