Tuesday, October 25, 2011
What kind of a reckless fool is hideously drunk and driving at 8:30 a.m.?
The kind that drove at least 14 miles the wrong way on Interstates 435 and 70 before a fatal crash that killed a Belton mother and her 11-year-old daughter, police and prosecutors believe.
So drunk, that two hours after the Monday wreck the driver was still twice the legal limit.
But the clincher for many people — the driver is probably an illegal immigrant.
Felix Solano-Gallardo is the name charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the case of Diane K. Bronson and Anna Bronson.
As he invoked his right to counsel and is still hospitalized, that’s all that is known — assuming that’s his real name.
The 18-year-old was carrying two Mexican identification cards. Each listed a different name from the one given police and different photos.
Rest assured, if he’s not supposed to be in the United States, deportation is in his future, as well as serious prison time.
Kansas City police do not routinely check people’s immigration status. But don’t misconstrue that to mean that police do not work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In many arrests, they are notified immediately.
Like anyone, if illegal immigrants commit a violent crime, they are charged, have their day in court, sentenced and imprisoned. They just never get paroled. Instead, federal immigration has jurisdiction, can take custody and deport.
If the home country is Mexico, officials there are informed of deportees, and they check to see if the person is wanted for a serious crime there. If so, that can mean time in Mexican jails, too.
Some note that mother and daughter would be alive if Solano-Gallardo had not entered our country.