Everyone who knew paramedic Ryan Ostendorf
agreed that he had a tremendously promising life ahead, as a cardiologist and married to his long-time girlfriend, Meagan Kennedy. But that future is not to be, because a previously deported drunk-driving illegal alien
crashed head-on into Ryan`s Jeep Cherokee and killed him.
A resident of Lawrence, Kansas, 28-year-old Ryan was driving to his paramedic job in Topeka when his car was hit last December. When the ambulance arrived on the scene
, the paramedics were shocked to find the body of their friend and co-worker.
Victor Anzua-Torres was sentenced in Topeka last week to a measly 13 years and nine months in jail for the head-on crash, which was the maximum sentence he could have received.
Anzua-Torres had a blood-alcohol level of 0.26 percent, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08, authorities said. He had no driver’s license, had a prior drunken-driving arrest and had been deported as an illegal immigrant once before.
[Drunken driver gets 13 years for fatal wreck, Lawrence Journal-World, 6/30/06]
Prosecutor Karen Wittman noted that Anzua-Torres insisted on driving to show how "bad" he was even though he was very drunk and a friend offered to drive. (Driving while drunk
is believed by many hispanics to show macho attributes — a reason why they are hugely overrepresented
in drunk driving crashes.)
At sentencing, Ryan`s friends and family spent two hours explaining how his death left a hole in their lives
that would never go away.