They wanted to tell
The Bateses were driving down
They thought a bomb had gone off. Their Ford F-150 seemed to lift off the ground.
Dominquez-Falcon, who works at
There was a complicating factor in this case. Dominquez-Falcon is from
Once court was over, ICE put a hold on Dominquez-Falcon because he has been convicted of a crime without legal status as a citizen, said his attorney,
"He's facing a much greater sentence than the average person," Russell said, "in that he will be deported."
Russell said Dominquez-Falcon has lived in the country almost 16 years and has children who are American citizens.
"My husband and I don't want him deported until all this is taken care of,"
The Bateses are baffled that the consequences for DUI in
They have a mountain of medical bills. And she doubts her neck will ever feel the same.
"I don't understand how that can be a misdemeanor when you have caused injury and financial loss to someone, to a great degree," she said.
More importantly, her sense of security is shaken.
She did not get to tell Dominquez-Falcon how she feels. The judge decided there was no need for the Bateses to speak because he planned to impose the maximum sentence.
The judge told him the accident was just about as bad as it could have been -- short of someone dying. Witnesses said Dominquez-Falcon was driving 80 miles per hour or more when he hit the Bateses truck.
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