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]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.
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.