It was a warm Thursday evening in the city of Aurora, Colorado. The local Baskin Robbins ice cream store had several customers enjoying the taste of cool ice cream to beat the heat. Two women were driving to the ice cream store to pick up some ice cream when suddenly their pickup truck was struck by an oncoming speeding SUV. The SUV shoved their pickup truck into the store. The driver of the SUV fled the scene. When the mayhem was over, the two women in the pickup truck and a small boy age 3 who was eating ice cream in the store were killed.
It took police several hours to find the driver of the SUV. Francis Hernandez age 23 called a friend to pick him up a few blocks from the accident. When the friend learned what he did, they called police and turned him in.
Hernandez has an extensive criminal record (arrested at least 16 times) and is an illegal alien. The police found that Hernandez goes by different names, has no driverâ€™s license and no insurance. Currently, Hernandez is in jail on a $250,000 bond and on a hold by immigration officials with an additional automatic $250,000 bond.
Now everyone is pointing fingers at each other. Even the governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter is saying that the â€œsystemâ€ is broken .
Whatever the problem is the distraught families, friends and the community want answers. With such an extensive criminal record, why did the system allow Hernandez to continue driving? Why wasnâ€™t Hernandez in jail? Why was Hernandez allowed to stay in this country illegally? Why wasnâ€™t he sent back to his home country after the first violation?
We donâ€™t know who dropped the ball on this one. Was it the justice system that continued to let him out of jail even with so many criminal felony charges? Was it law enforcement not advising ICE? Was it ICE not enforcing the rules?
Unfortunately, a tragedy such as this happened and there is no turning back time. Two fine women and a little boy died because of this senseless act due to the irresponsibility of the legal system and law enforcement. When will judges, law enforcement agencies and state legislatures get it? Currently there is no law on the books in Colorado. Does it take a tragedy such as this one to awaken the lawmakers of Colorado?