Another illegal alien, suspected of being intoxicated, has been charged with vehicular homicide in the death of an 18-year-old Tennessee man.
Luis Oscar Garcia, 24, a Mexican who had been living in the U.S. without a green card for three years, was ordered held without bail this week on the vehicular homicide charge as well as driving under the influence.
The victim in the crash was James F. Rogers Jr. of North Jackson, Tenn.
A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 7, and it is likely Garcia, who speaks little English, will use a court-appointed attorney for his defense.
According to the Jackson Sun, Garcia’s 1995 Chevy S-10 pickup ran a red light while traveling north on the U.S. 45 Bypass at Oil Well Road about 2 a.m. Saturday. He slammed into the ’95 Honda Civic that Rogers was driving westbound on Oil Well.
Police said Garcia had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and that his pants were soaked with a liquid that indicated the presence of alcohol. There also were two beer bottles, one partially filled, in the truck at the time of the accident, police said.
In addition to the vehicular homicide and DUI charges, Garcia faces counts of driving without a license, registration or proof of insurance. When police did a check on his license plate, it did not come back under his name, the report said.
While no one – in or out of government – tracks traffic accidents caused by illegal aliens, the statistical and anecdotal evidence suggests many of last year’s 42,636 road deaths involved illegal aliens.
A report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study found 20 percent of fatal accidents involve at least one driver who lacks a valid license. In California, another study showed that those who have never held a valid license are about five times more likely to be involved in a fatal road accident than licensed drivers.
Statistically, that makes them an even greater danger on the road than drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked – and nearly as dangerous as drunk drivers.
In addition, the states with the most illegal aliens also have the most unlicensed drivers. Those states are also in the lead for the most hit-and-run accidents, according to reports issued by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the Pew Hispanic Center. California ranks at the top with 24.1 percent of the known 11.1 million illegal aliens.