Thursday, April 12, 2007

Illegal immigrant suspected in fatal crash had four DUIs

What a terrible tragedy that could and should have been avoided. All those who chose to shirk their responsibilities to the public at large and disregard the law have blood on their hands.

An illegal immigrant arrested in connection with a collision that killed a father of five was drunk and on drugs, and had four previous drunken driving convictions, law officers said.

Jose Pena, 26, was allegedly traveling 90 miles per hour on March 31 when he crossed a double yellow line and hit 33-year-old Kent Boone. He also allegedly had two pounds of crystal methamphetamine in his truck, according to California Highway Patrol officers who later checked Pena's home and found more drugs.

Pena was booked into the Solano County Jail on suspicion of murder, driving under the influence and drug offenses when he was released from the hospital a week after the crash, said Solano County sheriff's spokeswoman Paula Toynbee.

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