Three years ago, our 39-year-old daughter was hit while cycling in the bicycle lane near her home in Lodi. It was a speeding, uninsured, unemployed illegal immigrant (Mexican) with a suspended driver's license because of previous infractions.
A witness to the accident said my daughter's body was thrown like a rag doll up over the car and into the ditch on the other side of the road. This observer said the driver drove right at her. The police took the driver home and placed no charges against him. So, is it illegal to drive with a suspended license without insurance and essentially kill someone?
Legal counsel said there is no gain in suing the worthless driver. Our daughter was a single, self-employed career woman, so responsibility fell on us to cope with the worst tragedy for our family in our lives. She was comatose for six weeks and severely handicapped from brain injury for life.
This tragedy is the direct result of failure of the government at the federal, state, county and the city levels to exercise existing laws.
Would a class-action lawsuit for many billions of dollars force attorneys general to execute our laws? Where are each of the candidates for public office on responsibility of government concerning this matter, or will they just be ploys of corporate America who profit from illegal immigrants?
William A. Pettinger
Council Bluffs, Iowa
First published: Saturday, November 4, 2006