Nuns Killed, Injured in a Suspected DUI Crash
By: Mike Stetzer
A car crash that police are saying may be the result of drunk driving killed a 66-year-old Catholic nun and injured two other nuns in Prince William County, Virginia, according to Fox News.
The driver, Carlos A. Martinelly Montano, was allegedly driving drunk at 8 in the morning when he crashed head-on into the sedan that was carrying three nuns. The nuns were on their way to a spiritual retreat at the time of the accident.
Sister Denise Mosier was riding in the backseat. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two injured nuns were taken to a local hospital by helicopter, in critical condition. Word did come from Sister Glenna Smith of the Benedictine Sisters that the two injured nuns might be stabilizing.
Montano allegedly drove out of his own lane and hit a guardrail before veering into their lane, before striking yet another barrier and then hitting their car.
He is a repeat DUI offender, with this charge being his third DUI count in five years. He is also charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving on a license revoked for DUI reasons.
There have been reports that Montano, a native of Bolivia, is in the United States illegally. Smith, however, has urged that the tragedy not become a politicized matter, and that the focus remain on the deceased and the injured, and the issue of driving drunk, rather than on Montano’s citizen status.
“The fact that he had DUIs is really poignant,” said Sister Smith. “But he’s a child of God and deserves to be treated with dignity. I don’t want to make a pro- or anti-immigrant statement but simply a point that he is an individual person and we will be approaching him with mercy.”
Montano, according to the Washington Times, was awaiting deportation at the time of the crash.
Despite Sister Smith’s pleas, Rep. Harold Rogers of Kentucky was more than willing to politicize the tragedy, stating “I have been saying for months now that this administration’s new policy of concentrating almost solely on ‘criminal aliens,’ and not enforcing the laws by deporting known illegal aliens, would have devastating consequences. By implementing selective amnesty one case at a time, the U.S. government is literally putting lives at risk.”