Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003

A San Antonio woman thinks she is having a stroke. Calls an ambulance. Second call is to her son, who drops everything and says, “I'm on my way, Mom!”

He never makes it to his mom. Drunk driver hits his car on I-10. Kills him.

According to the report by Sonja Garza in the Express-News, here’s what the mother said about that so-brief conversation: “He said, ‘I'm on my way, Mom’ — and those were his last words. Who was to know that he was on his way to heaven?”

Marie Rangel’s son, killed by a driving drunk, was SAPD sergeant Paul Rangel, a father and husband. In death, an organ donor. It was eight days before Christmas.

The killer driver, Simon Cordova, admitted a six-pak of beer and three shots of whiskey. Says he passed out behind the wheel.

The San Antonio jury didn’t send Cordova to prison for 20 years, which is what Mrs. Rangel thought should happen. Or 10 years or even 5. The jury chose probation.

Probation.

I'd appreciate hearing that jury’s explanation. Probation says San Antonio isn’t concerned at all about killer drunk drivers. I won’t drink to that.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


San Antonio Express-News 1/27/2003
"Carrying vistim's photo part of sentence in fatal DWI accident"
 

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