Drunk Driver Charged For Killing Nun in Car Crash
Updated: Monday, 02 Aug 2010, 10:40 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 01 Aug 2010, 9:57 PM EDT
By BOB BARNARD/myfoxdc
23-year-old was driving on revoked license
BRISTOW, Va – Normally quiet and peaceful, the Benedictine Monastery in Bristow, Va. is now also a somber place. Three Benedictine Sisters from Richmond coming to the area for a week-long retreat were involved in a head-on collision Sunday morning. One of the nuns, Sister Denise Mosier died.
“Sister Denise had an absolutely wonderful outlook on life,” explained Sister Cecilia Dwyer, Prioress of the Monastary. “She was a very faith-filled person and she would be the first to forgive that young man.”
Prince William County Police investigators say 23-year-old Carlos Martinelly Montano of Bristow was drunk and speeding when he lost control of his Subaru Outback Sunday around 8:15 a.m. and crashed head on into the nuns’ Toyota Corolla. Martinelly Montano survived and is now charged with involuntary manslaughter and DUI – his third DUI charge in five years.
“Involuntary manslaughter means that you killed someone unintentionally, which apparently this is,” Prince William Commonwealth’s attorney Paul Ebert told FOX 5. “But his conduct may elevate this to a higher grade of homicide. That’s what we’re looking at now.”
The head-on collision occurred on the bridge over Cedar Run along Bristow Road just south of Manassas, a few miles from the monastery. Police say Sister Mosier was riding in the back seat and not wearing a seatbelt.
“I’m sure she was probably sleeping in the backseat,” said Sister Dwyer. “Because that’s what she usually did on trips so hopefully she went straight from that sleep to God’s arms.”
At the monastery, those touched by the sad news are bringing flowers and offering condolences.
Sisters Charlotte Lange and Connie Ruth Lupton were seriously injured in the crash. Sister Lange was the long-time principal of St. Gertrude’s in Richmond and a chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital. Sister Mosier was dedicated to her calling, spending eight years on a mission in Africa. She was also fun-loving.
“She was our dancer,” said Sister Dwyer. “She loved to dance. As soon as she heard music, you could see her whole body turn on. Just an extraordinary woman.”
Ebert says Martinelly Montano was in the country illegally and driving on a revoked license.
“This is the worst of the worst,” said Ebert. “Here’s somebody who absolutely disregards the laws of this country. He came here because of what we offer him and continues to thumb his nose at law enforcement. As a result, he’s going to wind up in a penitentiary for a long period of time.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say they have two cases pending against Martinelly Montano, but gave no further details.
President Obama and the ‘do-nothing’ Socialist Progressives in Congress are to blame for this tragic incident. Someone, who was serving God and helping humanity, has host her life at the hands of yet another illegal immigrant. Her fellow Sisters were seriously injured and taken from their duties in helping those less fortunate than they.
Yes, Sister Denise would be the first to give forgiveness to Montano, and so would many of the rest of us who are Christians. That does not stop us from being outraged at the stubbornness shown by President Obama and the inaction of this runaway congress.
How many more will die at the hands of drunken irresponsible individuals who happen to be in this country illegally?
It has to stop and stop NOW!