Friday, March 2, 2007


Over on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, there have been 13 highway accidents involving hispanic workers since 2002 which have caused 18 fatalities. In addition, 90 people have been injured on area roadways during that time by foreigners, many of whom are illegal aliens working in agriculture. The deaths are about a quarter of the total fatalities during the period, while hispanics comprise about 5 percent of the local population.
In all but three of the fatal accidents in which Hispanics were at the wheel, the drivers had no insurance. In most cases, the vehicles had no inspection stickers, the drivers carried no license and alcohol was a factor. One of the persons killed was Debbie Thomas, shown here, who was the mother of three. She was killed in a head-on collision on Christmas Eve 2003 when her car was struck by a car being driven in the wrong direction. The offending driver, Narciso Garcia-Jimenez, escaped from his hospital bed and is still at large. The car he drove had no inspection sticker and was registered to another person. When Debbie's mom learned that her daughter's killer had not been killed in the wreck but had escaped, she said she felt "angry, bitter and sad, all at once."

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