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Texas Girl Paralyzed by Drunk Driver Leaves Jury in Tears
yahoo.com ^ | November 15, 2012 | Dina Abou Salem

Posted on 11/16/2012 10:11:19 AM PST by grundle

The life of Xitclalli "Chilli" Vasquez, 9, took a tragic turn in the summer of 2011 when a drunk driver's car collided head-on with the car the Fort Worth, Texas, girl was riding in, leaving her paralyzed from the chest down.

Last week, on the day of convicted drunk driver Jeremy Solis's sentencing at Tarrant County Court, Vasquez had a chance to read him a letter she had written, a letter that brought Solis, the jury, and everyone present in the court room to tears, witnesses said.

The four-page handwritten letter presented to the jury was titled "From One of Your Victom." It explained how Vasquez was going to the mall with her sister "to get my hair cut and my nails done." That was all she could recall of the fateful day of the crash. "I don't remember the first several days. I could not talk, so I had to use my thumb to answer yes or no. While I was in UCLA I had very bad moments. They take xrays of me every day. Feed me through by gbutton. I had tubes through my mouth and nose."

"There were times that I would cry and cry…in therapy they showed me how to lift myself and dress myself. But right now it's still very hard. My mom does a lot for me but I try myself. There are days that I cry cause I can't do what I used to. Well, I could keep going but my hand is getting tired. I would like you to meet me and my family…there are days that are bad because I have a hard time getting around. "

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1 posted on 11/16/2012 10:11:26 AM PST by grundle
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To: grundle

... an indomitable spirit ...

God bless this lovely young girl, in Jesus name.


2 posted on 11/16/2012 10:23:08 AM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: grundle

“Real” men will say we don’t need no steenkin drunk driving laws. sarc/


3 posted on 11/16/2012 10:25:40 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

You don’t really need a subsection of laws that deal specifically with drunk driving.

You just charge them under existing laws, starting with attempted murder if they are caught driving drunk. If they hit somebody, it’s attempted murder, plus whatever else you can rack up, related with careless driving.


4 posted on 11/16/2012 10:30:29 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30
You just charge them under existing laws, starting with attempted murder if they are caught driving drunk. If they hit somebody, it’s attempted murder, plus whatever else you can rack up, related with careless driving.
yhea..after 4/6 drinks; have 'em drop their (car)keys in a secured ...
lockbox if they go to other bars / establishments before the limit????

5 posted on 11/16/2012 10:39:15 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Anger a Conservative by telling a lie; Anger a Liberal by telling the truth....RWR 8-)
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To: chessplayer

Here in IL the DUI system is an utter joke. It’s designed to do nothing more than put money into the hands of lawyers and the coffers of the State.


6 posted on 11/16/2012 10:42:37 AM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: grundle

Seriously, we should prohibit transportation so everyone can be safe, all the time. My buddy Larry died in a car accident on the snow: at least we could have “Larry’s Law” to prohibit driving in winter. Not that Americans are stupid, we just need help. Winter and Summer are no-gos, but otherwise OK with a seat-belt, county stickers, inspection stickers, emissions tests, children properly secured, only in CAFE standard approved vehicles, etc. Say, on Wednesdays pending good visibility, in spring. Plus taxes tags and registration fees.


7 posted on 11/16/2012 10:46:26 AM PST by golux
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To: Lurker
Here in IL the DUI system is an utter joke. It’s designed to do nothing more than put money into the hands of lawyers and the coffers of the State.

You're supposed to feel good that you have it. Don't go screwing with it by asking if it actually works.

8 posted on 11/16/2012 10:48:23 AM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: grundle

Seriously, we should prohibit transportation so everyone can be safe, all the time. My buddy Larry died in a car accident on the snow: at least we could have “Larry’s Law” to prohibit driving in winter. Not that Americans are stupid, we just need help. Winter and Summer are no-gos, but otherwise OK with a seat-belt, county stickers, inspection stickers, emissions tests, children properly secured, only in CAFE standard approved vehicles, etc. Say, on Wednesdays pending good visibility, in spring. Plus taxes tags and registration fees.


9 posted on 11/16/2012 10:55:22 AM PST by golux
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To: chessplayer

I agree. No laws. Just a bullet to the back of the head.


10 posted on 11/16/2012 10:55:36 AM PST by Morris70
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To: golux; All
Say, on Wednesdays pending good visibility, in spring.
well...you can / must own them (for Taxing :)...
you just can't "use 'em"..the chic O'Bozo novelty item...
You must "Hire" Humans w/ Rickshaws (long distance / teamsters' union scale)
&/ use Tricycles-Bicycles (for distance) or just (healthy) running / jog / walking

11 posted on 11/16/2012 11:04:00 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Anger a Conservative by telling a lie; Anger a Liberal by telling the truth....RWR 8-)
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To: Jonty30

Unless it’s changed and I haven’t heard, there is no such thing as attempted murder in Texas. You either killed em or you didn’t.


12 posted on 11/16/2012 11:05:24 AM PST by waiyu (Common sense isn't common to everyone.)
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To: Jonty30

Unless it’s changed and I haven’t heard, there is no such thing as attempted murder in Texas. You either killed em or you didn’t.


13 posted on 11/16/2012 11:05:30 AM PST by waiyu (Common sense isn't common to everyone.)
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To: Morris70; All
I agree. No laws. Just a bullet to the back of the head.
(IIRC) that's what El Salvador does...*guilty / bang!*...

14 posted on 11/16/2012 11:07:50 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Anger a Conservative by telling a lie; Anger a Liberal by telling the truth....RWR 8-)
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To: Lurker
Here in IL the DUI system is an utter joke. It’s designed to do nothing more than put money into the hands of lawyers and the coffers of the State.

You're supposed to feel good that you have it. Don't go screwing with it by asking if it actually works.

15 posted on 11/16/2012 11:10:20 AM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Jonty30

You just charge them under existing laws, starting with attempted murder if they are caught driving drunk. If they hit somebody, it’s attempted murder,

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Attempt always requires intent, and proof of intent for a conviction. That can be difficult to do. What you are looking for is negligent homicide, negligent aggravated battery (what happened here) and so on. Otherwise I agree with you.


16 posted on 11/16/2012 11:25:05 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: grundle

Just out of curiosity...did Solis have a license and insurance?


17 posted on 11/16/2012 11:33:40 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: chessplayer
“Real” men will say we don’t need no steenkin drunk driving laws.

But we already do have drunk driving laws. This case would seem to show that they don't seem to solve the problem.

18 posted on 11/16/2012 12:21:30 PM PST by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: waiyu

Texas Penal Code - Section 15.01. Criminal Attempt


19 posted on 11/16/2012 12:26:00 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: grundle

God Bless her....I’m in tears...


20 posted on 11/16/2012 1:21:33 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: grundle

She has my sympathy. I just wonder when sympathy for the Americans run down in cold blood by illegal mexicans begins. Typical one sided leftist propaganda.


21 posted on 11/16/2012 1:30:52 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Joe 6-pack

I stand corrected on the attempted murder. However it still doesn’t apply to drunk driving unless someone shows specific intent to cause the wreck in order to injure a specific person.


22 posted on 11/17/2012 7:03:32 AM PST by waiyu (Common sense isn't common to everyone.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I stand corrected on the attempted murder. However it still doesn’t apply to drunk driving unless someone shows specific intent to cause the wreck in order to injure a specific person.


23 posted on 11/17/2012 7:03:45 AM PST by waiyu (Common sense isn't common to everyone.)
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To: waiyu
"However it still doesn’t apply to drunk driving unless someone shows specific intent to cause the wreck in order to injure a specific person."

You are correct; my point being that while most criminal codes may not have a specific charge for "attempted homicide," "attempted assault," etc., there is a general "attempts" charge that can be tacked onto virtually any offense, provided there is, as you pointed out, intent.

Because of the issue you identified regarding intent, the Texas Criminal Code does, interestingly enough, have a specific offense titled, "intoxication manslaughter," which would not apply here because the little girl survived, but it's kind of a specific type of depraved indifference charge specifically for DWI related fatalities.

24 posted on 11/17/2012 7:13:37 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Jonty30
I agree with you

Making a special law for dunk driving is just not necessary and just adds more and more laws to the books.

Do we need a special law for driving under the influence of sleeping pills? Do we need a special law for each particular sleeping pill? How about an individual law for each TYPE of drink you were having? Is beer less of a crime than vodka..etc etc...

These are just lawyers making more laws and more money for ... lawyers

ANY stupid behavior could fit nicely into one of the 10 commandments.

25 posted on 11/17/2012 7:14:25 AM PST by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: Mr. K
"These are just lawyers making more laws and more money for ... lawyers"

I have long held that practicing, admitted lawyers are officers of the court, and as such, members of the judicial branch of government. As such, it is a conflict of interest for them to hold positions in the executive or legislative branches.

I would fully support an amendment to the Constitution barring any practicing attorney, or one with ties to any active law practice from running for any legislative or executive position without a demonstrable 3-5 year period between when they last practiced law and electoral eligibility. The states would do well to implement similar requirements.

That's not to prohibit attorneys from acting as counsel to legislative committees, serving in executive appointments (i.e. AG, White House Counsel,) etc., but merely from holding elected positions in the legislature or executive.

26 posted on 11/17/2012 7:52:49 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

find an old copy of The Constitution and you will find that already in place about any title of nobility. Someone just conveniently made it disappear it still Law by the way it was never taken out.

It was in there from the first draft.


27 posted on 11/17/2012 8:05:45 AM PST by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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