On the morning of November 22, 2018 — Thanksgiving Day — a man who should never have been in our country drank several beers before getting behind the wheel of a car. He blew through two red lights at an intersection, killed my daughter, and changed our lives forever.
Surveillance footage shows that Mandy was using a crosswalk as she crossed the street. A witness described the sound of the impact as being so loud that he thought two vehicles had collided, not that a human being was struck. My daughter died on the spot.
The man, Joel Velazquez, didn’t even stop to render aid. He kept driving, then abandoned the vehicle and lied to the police, telling them his vehicle had been stolen to try to avoid being arrested.