Loretta Robinson, South Carolina Mom, Billed for Cleanup after Drunk Undocumented Driver Kills Son
A grieving South Carolina mother whose first-born son was killed by a drunk undocumented driver was billed for various costs relating to the accident, including cleaning the street of her dead child’s blood.
Anna Gonzalez, an undocumented immigrant who has lived illegally in the United States for 12 years, struck and killed Justin Walker in Greenville last June.
“I never would have imagined getting that call,” Loretta Robinson, Walker’s mother, said of the coroner’s call informing her of her son’s death. “Never in one million years expected that,” she told WYFF.
The bereaved mother also never expected that she would be billed for costs related to the deadly accident. Robinson, who was present in court on June 19 as Gonzalez pleaded guilty to killing her son, showed the judge many bills she’s had to pay despite the fact that her son did nothing wrong.
She had to pay to have the wrecked car stored for months in case their was a trial.
“I had to pay to have the vehicle towed,” she told WYFF. “I had to pay for the vehicle [to be] removed and to clean up the street from Justin’s blood on the ground.”
Robinson says she was charged $50 for the street cleaning.
“First of all, having to open the mail and look at the charge to the deceased, Justin Darryl Walker — the deceased,” she added. “It’s just a hard thing to deal with in the context of your child.”
Robinson added that she has difficulty working due to the emotional toll of the accident and its aftermath and that it is very frustrating to have bills piling up but no income.
South Carolina’s victim assistance fund has helped with some money, but those payments mainly cover funeral, medical and counseling expenses.
Robinson is also frustrated with the fact that undocumented immigrants are committing crimes in the United States.
“We have to be able, as a country, to figure out a way with people here who are illegal and commit crimes,” she told WYFF.
Gonzalez was sentenced to 17 years in prison for killing Walker.
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