Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty in Death of Michigan Grandfather
December 09, 2009, 11:33 PM
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After spending a July evening dining at a restaurant with his family, Leonard Dykstra (pictured) was struck down and killed on the way home by a drunk driving illegal alien.

Efrain Garcia-Miron, whose blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, pleaded guilty on Dec. 7 and will be sentenced in January. A witness stated that Garcia-Miron drove erratically before he swerved across the lane and crashed head-on into Dykstra`s vehicle.

[Grandpa killed 3 minutes from home, Grand Rapids Ch 8, July 27, 2009]

A Wyoming man had a blood-alcohol level of 0.179 — more than twice the legal limit — when he drove across the centerline and killed an 80-year-old man, court records show.

The victim, Leonard Dykstra, a grandfather of five, died Friday night on the road just three minutes from his home.

Efrain Garcia-Miron, 32, was arraigned Monday in 59th District Court on a charge of operating while impaired causing death. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.

Dykstra, a retired U.S. Postal worker, had spent Friday evening doing what he loved most, said his son, Brian Dykstra.

He joined his family at Russ`s Restaurant in Holland, where his granddaughter works. He made sure she waited on the family, he said.

Then, it was onto his son`s home in Hudsonville for more family time.

"He wouldn`t miss that," said his cousin, Marilyn Dykstra.

Just before 10 p.m., he was headed home on a road he had taken often — Wilson Avenue SW, near Johnson Park in Walker.

"He was just minding his own business," said his cousin, John Dykstra, who also lives next door to the victim. "He`s just driving home and here comes a guy over the hill."

Records show a motorist watched as Garcia-Miron swerved "continuously" on southbound Wilson Avenue SW, just before crossing into Dykstra`s northbound lane.

When police arrived, Garcia-Miron smelled strongly of alcohol and appeared off-balance, police wrote in an affidavit.

His driving record lists five moving violations since 2004, including speeding and running a stop sign, according to the Secretary of State.

Why wasn`t the obviously dangerous foreigner checked for his immigration status and deported? Sadly, this tragic death of a beloved grandfather could have been prevented by proper functioning of law enforcement.