Illegal immigrant ticketed for ‘careless driving’ in crash that killed 4 nabbed by ICE at airport days later

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When it comes to illegal immigration, there are two consistencies in America: the Democratic Party stands in the way of any real effort to address the matter and U.S. citizens continue to lose their lives in what are clearly preventable deaths.

The driver of a pickup truck that rear-ended a minivan near Walt Disney World last month in Florida, killing four people, was in the country illegally.

Lucas Dos Reis Laurindo would only be ticketed for careless driving in the Feb 18, 2020, accident that killed two children, their mother and grandmother. As the illegal alien waited to board a plane to his homeland of Brazil three days later, immigration authorities would nab him, WFTV reported.

“Lucas Dos Reis Laurindo was driving a 2016 Ram 3500 truck,” the Florida Highway Patrol said. “He failed to slow as he approached the rear of a 2020 Toyota Sienna van. The front of the truck struck the rear of the van. The van overturned onto its side after the impact.”

The crash killed 5-year-old Scarlett Smith, her mother, Julie Smith, 41, and 76-year-old Josephine Fay, the child’s grandmother. Older brother Jaxson Smith, 11, later died of his injuries at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital.

Scarlett’s twin sister, a 10-year-old sibling, her father and grandfather suffered minor injuries.

Osceola County Fire Rescue posted a photo of the van on its side on its Facebook page after the tragic accident.

The Smith family was visiting from Whitman, Massachusetts, while the Fays are from South Weymouth, Massachusetts.

“The result of the crash investigation has determined that Mr. Dos Reis Laurindo was at fault for the collision,” the FHP said. “Under Florida law, the strongest charge that could be made against him is a ticket issued for careless driving.”

After being issued the ticket, the Brazil national made arrangements to return home.

Laurindo, 26, was arrested on Feb. 21 at the Orlando International Airport for a visa violation, according to WFTV.

The illegal immigrant is petitioning U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services to release him and allow him “to board his flight to Brazil,” the ABC affiliate reported.

President Trump called attention to the needless deaths of American citizens by those in the country illegally during his State of the Union address earlier this year, featuring family members who lost loved ones to illegal immigrants.

One such guest was Debra Bissell, whose parents were “burglarized and shot to death in their Reno, Nevada, home by an illegal alien.”

“Not one more American life should be lost because our nation failed to control its very dangerous border,” Trump said at the time.

The president highlighted the consequences of sanctuary state laws protecting illegal immigrants in his speech, though Florida is not a sanctuary state. At the same time, since he declared no more American lives should be lost, Congress has done nothing.

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