Denis Motherway, an 85-year-old retired NYPD officer, died tragically late Sunday night. He was being taken to a local Long Island, New York, hospital from a rehab center in an ambulette. In middle of the ride, while the vehicle had its lights and sirens on, a drunk driver crashed into the ambulette with his 1997 Cadillac STS, turning the vehicle on its side and killing Motherway. The suspect, Alvaro Gutierrez-Garcia, was charged with vehicular manslaughter, two counts of driving while intoxicated and one count of aggravated DWI for drinking and driving over twice the legal limit.
This tragic story has made its rounds in local media around New York City. It’s especially tragic because, according to the local NBC affiliate that interviewed one of his children, one of Motherway’s other sons was also killed by a drunk driver in 2009. What was not reported, however, in a single publication, is that this crime was even more awful because it was 100 percent avoidable if our immigration laws had been fully enforced. Gutierrez-Garcia is an illegal alien.
“On Sept. 4, ICE lodged a detainer with the Nassau County Correctional Center on Alvaro Gutierrez Garcia, an illegally present Salvadoran national, after his arrest on multiple felony charges, including vehicular homicide,” said ICE spokeswoman Rachael Yong Yow in response to an inquiry from CR regarding his immigration status. “ICE will seek to take custody of Gutierrez Garcia at the conclusion of his criminal proceedings.”