What should be done about repeat offenders illegals drink & driving 2nd time this guy fled now teen hurt?

BRIDGETON — A teenage boy sustained hip injuries and a broken leg when he was struck by an alleged drunken driver’s van on Church Street Thursday night.

The alleged driver, whom police identified as a suspected illegal immigrant from Guatemala, was arrested after a witness to the Church Street hit-and-run crash detained him at Bank Street and Irving Avenue following a foot chase.

Share It was the second hit-and-run accident of the night for Jovany Mendez, 23, who had been living on Church Street, according to police.Police initially were dispatched to Wendy’s on East Broad Street at 7:58 p.m. on a report that a large, blue passenger van backed into a car in the fast-food restaurant’s drive-thru lane and left the scene, Bridgeton Police Capt. Burl Kimble said.

While responding to the initial hit-and-run accident report, police were advised a van had crashed into several parked cars and a pedestrian on the 100 block of Church St.

The report indicated the pedestrian victim was “pinned” under the van, Kimble said.

Bridgeton Fire Department emergency medical personnel were treating the 17-year-old boy when police arrived. The boy was flown to Cooper University Hospital, in Camden, with a broken right femur and hip injuries, Bridgeton Police Lt. Jere Branch said.

While traveling north on Church Street at what one witness described as a high rate of speed, Mendez allegedly swerved through the southbound lane and crashed the Dodge Ram van into one vehicle, which caused a chain-reaction collision involving two other parked vehicles.

The witness told police the van then struck the juvenile victim, whom police only identified as an Amity Heights resident, before crashing into a fence in front of 110 Church St.

The teen victim was listed in stable condition at the Camden hospital today, Branch said.

Police charged Mendez with aggravated assault by automobile and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury. Bail was set at $50,000.

He was ticketed for drunken driving, driving while unlicensed, reckless driving and possessing open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.

As a suspected illegal immigrant, Mendez is being held without bail in Cumberland County Jail on a detainer issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Police say they found four empty beer cans in the front of the van allegedly driven by Mendez. The van displayed a Pennsylvania license plate and was registered to Mendez.

Mendez’s blood-alcohol content level was 0.22 percent, nearly three times New Jersey’s legal limit to drive (0.08 percent), police said.


6 Answers

  • 10 years ago
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    They need to be deported ,let him sit in a Mexican prison and let them pay for it.I also know of a illegal that has had 2 dwi's driving with a invalid drivers license and 2 speeding tickets.He gives them a different name each time.Just a matter of time before he hurts someone or worse.I guess they can commit crimes and be sent free,where a American would be thrown in jail.

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  • 4 years ago

    You've got to be kidding. I hope! You have to tell the police for your own sake. Your freedom(JAIL), and your permanent criminal record are in great jeopardy. You did nothing wrong yet. Call the police, and tell them your friend did it, but panicked. If you want to wait until your friends alcohol level goes way down, then this is the second best option, but you might get in serious trouble. If you wish to gamble, you can wait until the police find your friend, and then claim that you were sleeping, drunk, in the backseat, and you knew nothing about the incident. This is probably the 'stand-up friend' thing to do, but you have to stick to that version. Keep it sinple, and give out no more deatils than you have too. You were asleep, drunk, passed out in the back seat. Period. Your friend did not tell you what had happened while you were passed out. Perhaps saying you were asleep in the front seat would be better, since there might have been witnesses who saw you in front seat. You face charges of obstructing justice, aiding in a felony. Someone has to prove you were awake.

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  • 10 years ago

    Anyone who drives under the effects of alcohol or drugs is a menace for other people's lives and should be put in jail for at least a couple of months.

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  • 10 years ago

    Just think activists do not want illegals to be required to carry an id or asked for one and this is what happens when they get what they wish for, no id's, honor system for names and dates of birth given by illegals.

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  • 10 years ago

    These illegals nobody should have pity for. These are the type of illegals that should be deported.

    Illegal or not, Nobody has the right to drink and drive.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    put down just like any other ravid animal!

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