Driver should have been deported
Four aggravated DUI charges in five years, and now responsible for the death of Mark Hinkel, who was riding a bicycle in a charity event.
What does it take to deport someone? There is no record of a driver's license or Social Security card for Odilon Paz-Salvador.
There are many unanswered questions. Perhaps one of your enterprising reporters can do a little digging. When were deportation proceedings instituted? After the first offense? The second? How long do such proceedings take?
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How did Paz-Salvador, clearly an illegal alien, make his living? Who was the employer and why didn't they follow the law?
It appears that Paz-Salvador is being assured of his "due process." Where is the due process for the Hinkle family?
There were nearly 15,000 DUI incidents in the U.S. involving illegal aliens in 2014. Unless a sense of urgency is adopted in the deportation process, there are going to be more victims of due process.
Cyclist not to blame
I cannot contain my disgust any longer. After reading the comment from the wife of the drunk driver that killed the attorney/cyclist I have to respond. She blames it on the cyclists.
The fact is that if her husband wasn't in this nation illegally and engaging in criminal activity it wouldn't have happened.
And regarding deporting him, don't bother. He will be back in a week under a new name. Thank you for allowing me to vent and God bless and keep the cyclist's family always.
Blame lies with Obama
Odilon Paz-Salvador is a poster child for what is wrong with President Barack Obama's immigration policy. Obama seems to want to admit any and all who invade our nation, either legally or illegally.
Democrats tell us these immigrants, actually illegal aliens, just want a better life, and they are only escaping oppressive governments in other countries.
In reality, Paz-Salvador is a beer-swilling hophead with several DUIs, no driver's license, no insurance, and no Social Security number. Our country does not need him. He should never been allowed in this country, much less allowed to stay.
Also, the management of the cement company that hired him should face stiff civil fines and criminal jail time. Because retired attorney Sally Wasielewski seemed to argued in her column that all policemen are bad and all criminals are good, maybe she can come out of retirement and defend Paz-Salvador.
Compassion all around
My husband rode the Horsey Hundred and biked almost 8,000 miles a year. My heart goes out to the family of Mark Hinkle. But it also goes out to Odilon Paz-Salvador and his family. Many lives were ruined that day.
This is not an issue of cyclists on the road. It is not an issue of a bad man committing murder. This is an issue of an alcoholic being enabled to drive following multiple convictions for aggravated DUI.
News flash: Drunks have lousy judgment.
We can't count on a drunk to make the decision not to drive. Real protection must come from the intervention of friends and family, self-policing of organizations selling alcohol (including charity events), and enforcement of the laws by the police.
Thanks to the Herald-Leader for publishing the facts about Paz-Salvador's prior convictions. Please follow up: What laws and penalties govern drunk driving? Did Paz-Salvador receive jail time or treatment for these convictions?
We all need to stop blaming some evil other (whether that be drunk driver or cyclist) and take a look in the mirror.
There are ways to reduce deaths due to drunk driving, but we have to take driving drunk seriously.
Riders respect others
The cyclist killed by the drunk driver with no license was a terrible tragedy, made more appalling by the driver's past record.
There were people who chose to focus on the cyclist rather than the bad decisions of someone who should not have been driving.
One letter-writer's statement that people on bikes have no respect for automobiles is so far off base that I don't know where to start.
Cyclists are some of the most respectful, law-abiding and aware people on the road, far more aware of their surroundings than most motorists.
The writer is correct that bicycles are no match for automobiles. Cyclists will always move to the side of the road and be ready for a car to pass when approached. There are, however, many motorists who speed, are impatient on hills or just don't like sharing the edge of the road.
Maybe the letter-writer is trying to pass on a hill or a curve. That endangers the cyclist and other motorists. Cyclists are not as fast as cars, so there will always be a clear place to pass on any road.
Stop and salute?
The letter-writer bemoaning his endangerment at the hands of cyclists reminds me of a possibly apocryphal defense given in court by a driver who struck a pedestrian. "He was all over the place, your honor. I had to swerve several times before I hit him."
So the writer says he has taken his life in his hands trying to dodge cyclists. He gives the impression that if his vehicle were struck by a bicycle, he would instantly be crushed. He must be attempting to pass in unsafe circumstances, such as a blind hill or curve. Perhaps he should turn in his license.
He also said, "people on bikes have no respect for automobiles." Does he mean cyclists have no regard for the difference in mass x velocity = momentum, for a car versus a bicycle? He's definitely wrong.
Is he annoyed because cyclists do not ride to the last inch of the right side of the road, with its missing sections, drop-offs, large rocks, logs, glass and more? Or because sometimes we ride near the center of the road to prevent drivers from passing on blind hills and curves? Or maybe because we don't pull off, stop and salute?