Friday, November 11, 2011

Julieanne Pascoe and Kelli Bourgeois

On July 29, 2000, drunk driving, illegal alien Sergio Montelongo-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, whose blood alcohol was at twice the legal limit, slammed his Lincoln Continental head on into a Honda Civic with four occupants.

Christopher Shackleford, 19, of Woodstock died at the site of the crash.

Julieanne Pascoe, 18, of Kennesaw and Kelli Bourgeois, 19, of Woodstock died shortly after the accident from injuries sustained in the accident.

Matthew Hunt, 24, was severely injured and is now permanently crippled.

Tests found that Montelongo-Sanchez, 20, had a blood-alcohol level of .178 just after the crash, which is more than double the legal limit in Georgia (.08). He did not have a valid drivers license or insurance.

Montelongo-Sanchez was charged with three counts of vehicular homicide, DUI, assault, and several other charges.

According to prosecutors, Sergio Montelongo-Sanchez was driving drunk after being thrown out of the Dos Naciones bar in Marietta. He allegedly hit and injured a pedestrian in the bar's parking lot before speeding away. He hit a curb leaving the Dos Naciones and his southbound car veered across double yellow lines into the northbound lanes and collided head on with the Honda Civic driven by Shackleford. .

The 22-count indictment was presented Thursday to Superior Court Judge Watson White. District Attorney Pat Head said the charges also include DUI, serious injury by vehicle and aggravated assault.

On August 25, 2000 the Cobb County police department charged the waitress, Leydi Mendoza, of the Dos Naciones bar in Marietta of serving alcohol to Montelongo-Sanchez, who was 20 at the time of the accident. Ms. Mendoza, however, was not at the hearing. Her attorney said his client does not speak English and an interpreter was not available. Witht with the prosecution unable to locate Ms Mendoza and the key witnesses in the case, including Luis Montelongo-Sanchez, Sergio’s cousin, Magistrate Court Roger Rozen agreed to "dead docket" the case.

In May 2001, Montelongo-Sanchez, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, DUI, reckless driving, possession of alcohol by a minor, and several other charges and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

In August of 2005, a civil jury awarded a $40 million judgement against Montelongo and also found the bar that admitted him also liable.

When Atlanta INS assistant district director Bart Szafnicki read about the deaths, he decided that more serious action against drunk driving illegal aliens was needed, and he began deportation proceedings against 64 such foreigners in his district. "I thought about how I would feel if it was my child," said Szafnicki. "Anyone who is arrested for DUI who is an illegal alien needs to go home. The native-born population in the U.S. has largely recognized the problem with DUI. But with the new influx of immigrants, I just don't think the word has filtered down."

Immediately after the crash, it had appeared that Kelli Bourgeois would survive, said Deborah Dahlmann, her mother. But she got worse quickly. In the days that followed, she had two strokes and her brain swelled. "She would need 24-hour-a-day care," her mother said. "She would never walk and possibly never communicate."

Kelli was taken off a respirator twice to determine if she could breathe on her own. She couldn't. The family knew what they had to do. "They turned it off and she turned blue," her mother said. "I didn't know that would happen. I said, 'Please tell me that it doesn't hurt her,' and they promised it didn't."
Dahlmann pressed her hand against her daughter's heart. "It was 191 heartbeats," she said.

Kelli Bourgeois then died.


Sergio Montelongo-Sanchez
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 32
  • Arrest Status: convicted
  • Nationality: Mexico

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