Mother whose son was killed by an undocumented driver wants to repeal law that would allow people without legal status driver’s licenses

Katie R. Ochoa

A Milford woman whose 23-yr-old son was struck, dragged and killed by an undocumented drunk driver is renewing her press to repeal a condition legislation that grants driver’s licenses to all those with out authorized position in Massachusetts as her son’s killer is up for the parole board on Monday.

Maureen Maloney, chairwoman of the Reasonable and Secure Massachusetts committee, is making an attempt to gather the additional than 40,000 qualified signatures required by Aug. 24 to set a query on the November ballot to repeal the Do the job and Relatives Mobility Act, she told Herald columnist Howie Carr final Friday on his radio demonstrate.

That legislation will permit those devoid of lawful status, but with the means to exhibit their identification utilizing documents from their household state, to be granted driver’s licenses starting on July 1 of following calendar year.

Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed the legislation, but the condition Legislature overrode the veto previous thirty day period.

Proponents of the regulation say that it would make roadways safer because immigrants, like all people else, would have to move a examination to get a license. With no the regulation, proponents say, some immigrants — like Nicolas Dutan Guaman, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador who killed Mahoney’s son — will choose their likelihood and drive anyway, with out any teaching.

“When you feel about it, his life was minimize shorter by, you know, a fantastic 50 to 60 yrs,” Maloney explained of her son, Matthew Denice. “And, you know, it should really have been Matthew who was burying me at some level.”

Denice was driving a bike when he was killed in 2011 by Guaman. The driver was intoxicated when he drove as a result of a end sign, hit Denice with his pickup truck and dragged him a quarter of a mile as witnesses screamed for him to cease.

“Matthew survived the first collision, and it was when Guaman was fleeing that he ran Matthew above, and that is what killed him when he dragged him,” Maloney mentioned. “Matthew was banging on the truck screaming for his lifestyle. Persons exterior have been banging on his truck, seeking to get him to halt. He accelerated. He accelerated when that took place. He did not quit.”

Guaman “dragged him to his death,” Carr claimed. “If he experienced stopped, (her son) could possibly have survived.”

Guaman is serving a 12- to 14-year sentence in condition prison for manslaughter whilst driving below the affect and other charges. But if he is not launched by the Parole Board, he nonetheless could get out as shortly as up coming calendar year if he is credited for superior behavior, Maloney mentioned.

“I will do anything in my electrical power to get him deported,” she mentioned.

Maloney is pushing for stricter immigration guidelines as a member of what previous President Donald Trump referred to as “angel households,” those people whose children “have been killed by individuals who were illegally in this nation.”

A driver’s license provides undocumented immigrants a legitimacy for becoming right here, Maloney and Carr explained.

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