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February 23, 2010, 01:09 AM
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Two stories from the "almost forgotten" Reader's Digest, not likely to be appearing in the New York Times

Outrageous! Cracking Down on Illegal Drivers
Every day untold thousands of illegal drivers take to the roads. Why do we let them?
By Michael Crowley
From Reader's Digest
When emergency workers arrived at the scene of the crash last February 19, they found the bright yellow school bus lying shattered on its side. A few minutes earlier, the bus had been carrying 28 children home from the Lakeview School in Cottonwood, Minnesota. That's when a van barreled through a stop sign and smashed into the bus, killing four students between the ages of 9 and 13. Marty and Rita Javens lost two sons, Hunter and Jesse. Six other children were seriously injured.

The woman who police say was driving the van — a 24-year-old illegal immigrant from Guatemala named Olga Marina Franco del Cid — did not have a valid driver's license. Even worse, she'd been caught driving illegally before. In 2006 a resident of Montevideo, Minnesota, called police about a driver who had plowed into her yard. The driver was Franco, who managed to hide her illegal status and pleaded guilty to driving without a license. Her punishment? A $182 fine. [More]

Outrageous! License to Kill
Thousands of truckers are on the road illegally. And your safety is at stake.
By Michael Crowley

Commercial License Fraud
The Armstrong family never knew what hit them. Edward was behind the wheel of their car with his wife, Melissa, next to him and ten-year-old daughter and six-year-old son in the backseat. Traffic was choked to a near standstill on the stretch of Interstate 81 in Tennessee. But one driver apparently didn't notice the approaching snarl.

Nasko Nazov, an illegal immigrant from Macedonia, didn't hit the brakes in time and his tractor-trailer plowed into two idling vehicles, one of them the Armstrongs' car. No one in the family survived the horrible crash.

Adding to the senselessness of the tragedy, officials soon learned that Nazov had been driving his truck with a bogus commercial driver's license (CDL). The suburban Chicago resident had obtained false documents claiming he was a resident of Wisconsin (where he took his driver's test) and had gotten help from a translator on the answers to a written exam. In 2006, Nazov was sentenced to four years in prison. [More]