Woman not charged in accident that killed guitarist

David Paulin
She may well be an illegal Mexican immigrant, has driven without a license for years, and has gotten numerous traffic citations -- yet police dare not inquire about her immigration status. Now, she's gotten away with vehicular homocide.

 

Jeremy Schwartz, in the Austin American-Statesman:

Travis County prosecutors have declined to criminally charge a 45-year-old woman who sped up as she tried to park her pickup, striking and killing 62-year-old Felipe Duran, who was strumming Christian songs on his guitar outside a market in February.

Instead, Juana Arrellano-Aviles, who was driving without a driver's license or insurance, received three traffic citations.

Austin attorney Steven Pastrana, who is representing Duran's family, said he is looking into the possibility of a civil lawsuit against the driver.

The family "was upset that this lady has been allowed to just walk on this," Pastrana said.

But prosecutors said the accident didn't rise to the level of a criminal offense.

She may well be an illegal Mexican immigrant, has driven without a license for years, and has gotten numerous traffic citations -- yet police dare not inquire about her immigration status. Now, she's gotten away with vehicular homocide.

 

Jeremy Schwartz, in the Austin American-Statesman:

Travis County prosecutors have declined to criminally charge a 45-year-old woman who sped up as she tried to park her pickup, striking and killing 62-year-old Felipe Duran, who was strumming Christian songs on his guitar outside a market in February.

Instead, Juana Arrellano-Aviles, who was driving without a driver's license or insurance, received three traffic citations.

Austin attorney Steven Pastrana, who is representing Duran's family, said he is looking into the possibility of a civil lawsuit against the driver.

The family "was upset that this lady has been allowed to just walk on this," Pastrana said.

But prosecutors said the accident didn't rise to the level of a criminal offense.