Christmas will have a hole in the hearts of the family of Lola Jayne, who was recently killed by a previously arrested drunk-driving illegal alien [Alleged Drunk Driver Was Illegal Immigrant, KSN-TV, Wichita, Dec 19, 2008].
A frustrated family is speaking out after their mother was killed by an alleged drunk driver.Â They say they've learned the man was an illegal immigrant and has been in trouble with the law before.
Itâ€™s all leaving them with questions about why he was allowed to stay in the country, in the first place.
Seventy-five-year-old Lola Jayne was a vibrant mother of eight, married for 58 years. She loved life but understood its dangers.
"My mom and dad would avoid going out on New Year's Eve, you know, because that's the time that everyone drinks and drives," said her daughter, Shelia Reaser.
Yet at 6:30 on a Saturday evening, as she was driving on 21st Street to bingo, the driver of an oncoming car crossed the center line and hit her. She died the next day.
"This should never have happened, never have happened," said Reaser.
The driver of that oncoming car was 25-year-old Baltazar Marquez, who police say was drunk.
"Weâ€™re all devastated and very disappointed in the system," said another daughter, Linda Stilwell.
Jayne's family has since learned Marquez was in this country illegally.Â He didn't have a driver's license or insurance. And he's been pulled over before.
"Our feelings are why was he not deported at that point," said Stilwell.
ICE, or Immigration and Customs Enforcement, tells KSN it relies on and encourages individual law enforcement agencies to inform them when they run across immigrants in this country illegally.
The Wichita Police Department, however, says it only notifies ICE if illegal immigrants are involved in felony cases where the suspect poses a severe danger to the community.
According to Jayneâ€™s family, after the first stop Marquez was charged with four misdemeanors.Â Â
"He was stopped back in September. Why couldn't they have taken him in then and my mom would still be alive?" said Stilwell
Alive to enjoy a big family Christmas and to see her granddaughter, who was stricken with bacterial spinal meningitis, enjoy a full recovery.
Instead, the family is left with grief and anger— at the man who allegedly killed their mother and what they say is the breakdown in the system that allowed it to happen.
Lola Jayne was another victim of Washington's refusal to protect the American people from foreign criminals who enter through open borders.