This Should Not of Happened

How did this happen?

“An illegal immigrant faces multiple charges after police say he hit and killed a pedestrian in east Charlotte and then left the scene.

Luciano Melendres, 30, is charged with felony hit-and-run, driving while impaired, driving with a revoked license, driving without liability insurance and driving with fictitious tags.

Officers say Melendres, a native of Mexico, hit and killed 32-year-old Danny Sims while he was crossing Albemarle Road near Farm Pond Lane around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. They say Melendres fled the scene in a green Ford Expedition, but a witness called 911 as she followed the sport utility vehicle and directed officers to a home on Jason’s Forest Drive, just two miles from the crash scene. Police arrested Melendres a short time later.

Melendres was just convicted last week on a DWI charge from a March 16, 2006, incident. He was sentenced to probation, alcohol assessment and treatment and community service and was ordered to pay court costs and have a breathalyzer device installed on his vehicle. Police said they didn’t find the device during an initial look inside.”

Why do we let illegal immigrants into this country without worry about the consequences of such actions. If Luciano Melendres was deported back to Mexico where he belongs instead of being in this country illegally, Danny Sims would still be alive today.


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    April 25, 2007 at 11:53 am

    That’s very sad… not all illegals should be looked at as “problem” cases though. I agree if it had not been for this person, Danny Sims would still be here today but he isn’t dead because Luciano Melendres is/was illegal. He’s dead because Melendres made an irresponsible decision to drink and drive.

    It is very sad that we live in a world though, where victims lives are held in less regard.. than those who took their life.

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    May 22, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Oh that is very sad indeed. However, it doesn’t make it less important or more important judging from where the man was born. A human is a human is a human. The problem of immigration is a political problem, not a humanitary one.

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