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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Makes me sick!

The following is from the Miami Herald. This made me royally sick. Not only for the unimaginable loss that these parents have to endure but also because a person with his driving record should not have been driving in the 1st place. As of today, it was reported that his alchol level came back at 3x the legal limit. THREE TIMES! I've always asked what will it take to get them off the streets. Sadly, this is just one example. I was in an accident with a drunk driver many years ago. ABout 5 years after the accident, I received a subpoena to testiy in another one of his DUI cases. It just so happens that this was his 6th arrest for dui since my accident. This one included a fatality. Something was finally being done.

Here is the article. All I can say is that I could never be a defense attorney. Not for all the money in the world.


Miami, FL - Early Sunday morning, Hector Serrano, 42, roused his three children and loaded them into the family’s minivan to drive his wife, Mirian, to the Metrorail station so she could get to her early shift at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Hector didn’t like waking the kids at 4:30 AM, but he didn’t want to leave them alone, either. While stopped at a red light on their way home, their vehicle was rear-ended at full speed by a Chevy Trailblazer driven by Gabriel Delrisco, 40. All three children were killed instantly.

''There were no skid marks,'' said Lt. Pat Santangelo, with the Florida Highway Patrol , indicating that the SUV's driver did not brake.
The impact knocked the minivan across the intersection, said Santangelo. Its rear was crushed . . . giving the rear seat passengers no chance of survival.
The wreckage remained in the intersection for hours while Florida Highway Patrol troopers investigated.

Delrisco has been stopped and ticketed no less than 20 times since 2001. Twenty times. He was convicted of driving under the influence in 2001, and his license was suspended for six months. He was last ticketed in January 2008 for driving the wrong way on a one-way street. That ticket, like so many before it, was dismissed.

Hector Serrano, 10, and his sisters, 7-year-old Esmeralda and 4-year-old Amber died at the scene, as their father — despite a broken arm — tried desperately to pry open the rear door of the minivan. Esmeralda would have been 8 years old today. Their mother, Mirian, collapsed with grief at the accident scene. Hector Serrano says, ”She’s destroyed. My wife and I, now we’re left alone.”



There were no skidmarks at the scene. He never stepped on the freakin' brakes.




5 comments:

doodlebugmom said...

Heartbreaking for the family. And really disturbing how that man was still on the streets. Wisconsin is just as bad with drunk drivers. :(

Tanyetta said...

So heartbreaking! I have panic attacks when I see people speeding near or around me. I can't handle it especially when I have my son in the car with me.

Melissa said...

There was a man in this area who was going the wrong way on the interstate one morning and killed a woman who was on her way to work. He was one of those repeat offenders too. Do these folks ever learn - and when will the law enforcement get better at actually, I don't know, enforcing the laws?

Damselfly said...

The thing that burns me up about repeat offenders is it often turns out they are driving with a suspended license or no license. Sometimes, they aren't even insured. I think if your license is suspended, the state should take away your car until you can legally get it back. It won't keep you from driving someone else's car, but it makes it harder to do, and it might make the person who loans you their car reluctant to do that anyway.

Something definitely has to be done about all these suspended-license drivers and repeat DUI offenders on our roads!

kailani said...

I can't imagine going through that kind of loss. How do you go on after something like this?

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