On Friday night, Alison and Tessa were on their way to a friend's house. Their car was stopped at at redlight when Ramos, intoxicated and driving at least 65 mph, slammed in the back of their Plymouth Duster. Pinned in the wreckage, the girls had to be cut free before they could be treated for their injuries. Both wore seat belts. On girl died at the scene and the other was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Alison’s mother recalled “holding her daughter for the first time at Sentara Virginia Beach Hospital and for the last, at the same hospital”. (2) Tessa’s father considered suicide in July, 2007. (3)
The girls were inseparable, often finishing each other's sentences. Alison's father, David, described her as having a "great sense of humor" and "always upbeat" with a love for music and theatre. He said, "Her number one thing, however, was to hang out with Tessa".
Tessa was remembered by friends as "googy, sassy and positive" and was liked by everyone. Her mother, Collette, shared that Tessa was an "aspiring chef" who "loved to sing and surf".
David Laird, a deputy prosecutor, described Ramos” in a stupor, he (Laird) likened to driving in the dark with sunglasses”. (2) Ramos pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 24 years in prison with deportation to follow. (3)
Ramos had previously been convicted in Virginia Beach of public drunkenness in 2006, and of identity theft, public drunkenness, and a DUI in Chesapeake, in 2007. The arresting officer said “Ramos almost ran him down”. He was driving with a fake driver’s license and a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit. Officials in Chesapeake did not inform ICE of his immigration status.
Documentation:1. Driver charged with manslaughter after crash kills two Beach teens
2. Alfredo Ramos gets 24 years in Virginia Beach teens' deaths
3. Illegal immigrant to serve 24 years then face deportation